Mayweather ends career with easy win

first_img unanimous decision LAS VEGAS (AP): His career winding down to its final seconds, Floyd Mayweather Jr took a victory lap around the ring, his fist raised in triumph. After 19 years of perfection in the ring, he deserved one final bow. Mayweather capped a remarkable career with a typical Mayweather fight Saturday night, using his defensive wizardry to frustrate Andre Berto on his way to a decision so lopsided, one judge gave him every round. The $32 million he earned was pocket change compared to what he got for Manny Pacquiao in his last fight. But the more important number was win No. 49 in the final fight of his unblemished career, tying the mark of the late heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano. “You gotta know when to go. I’ve had a great career,” Mayweather said. “I’m leaving with all my faculties. I feel like I’m smart and sharp.” Mayweather wasn’t about to change what he does best in his last fight. Both dominant and defensive, he used all the tricks learned in a pro career that began in 1996 to take a unanimous decision over Berto and retain his welterweight titles in what he insists was his final fight. Mayweather won yet again in a fight where he was chased but never really tested. He piled up points with a sharp jab and quick counter punches, leaving Berto swinging at air most of the night. By the late rounds, Mayweather was both talking to Berto (30-4) and taunting him, secure in the knowledge he was winning big against the 18-1 underdog. The ringside scorecards reflected Mayweather’s dominance, with one judge scoring a 120-108 shutout. The other scores were 118-110 and 117-111, while The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 119-109.last_img read more

Exclusive – Marsh tells Van Gaal: ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’

first_imgLouis van Gaal doesn’t know what he’s doing.That’s the view of Rodney Marsh, who watched on as Manchester United drew 2-2 with West Brom on Monday night.United have won just three of their eight Premier League games under Van Gaal this season, and the former England striker has questioned the Dutchman’s methods.“Louis van Gaal doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Marsh told the Sports Bar. “Against Leicester they were winning 3-1, away from home, and he took off Angel Di Maria, his best player.“Then, against West Brom, he took him off again. I hope the reason was an injury because he is a wonderful player. Why you would want to sub him, unless he has an injury, is beyond me.“Manchester United have some wonderful players, world class players in fact, but they look to me all over the place at times. They don’t look anything like a top football team.”last_img read more

Dodgers to donate to cancer charity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsJust like when they played at the Coliseum from 1958-61 when Dodger Stadium was under construction, there will be an approximately 40-foot screen in left field, trying to make it harder to hit home runs. The screen will bear the words, “ThinkCure.” The game was the result of a suggestion by Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles,that the Dodgers play at the Coliseum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their move to Los Angeles, McCourt said. The Dodgers had explored the possibility of playing an exhibition against the Yankees at the Coliseum in 1999, but the idea was dropped because it was not economically feasible and the removal of the track and addition of seats made the stadium even more unusable for baseball, then team-president Bob Graziano told the Los Angeles Times. “I heard this problem and that problem and I said, `It didn’t matter. We’re playing,’” McCourt said. The Dodgers will spend about $400,000 to convert the Coliseum into a baseball stadium, with the construction of dugouts, bullpens, fencing, a dirt infield and pitching mound, “but at the end of the day, we think it’s worth it.” “It’s going to be a great day and night here in L.A.,” McCourt said. “It will really commemorate the 50th anniversary in a very special way. Those that were here and had the pleasure of playing at the Coliseum, it will bring back fond memories for them and those that only heard about it will see what it was like and experience it themselves and all for a great cause.” The Los Angeles Dodgers will donate net proceeds from their March 29 exhibition game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to their recently formed cancer-fighting charity, ThinkCure, owner Frank McCourt announced today. Coliseum General Manager Patrick Lynch predicted a capacity crowd of 92,000 for the game against the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. The field likely will have the smallest dimensions for a game involving major league teams, with 192 feet to left field, 256 to the left field power alley, 200 to right field, 374 feet to center field and 352 feet to the right field power alley. “It will be the longest game in baseball history with everyone trying to hit home runs,” Coliseum Commission Vice President David Israel said at a Coliseum news conference to announce details for the game. The game will also mark a return to the Coliseum for new Dodger manager Joe Torre, who played eight games at the stadium as a rookie catcher for the Milwaukee Braves in 1961, going four for 32, with three of his hits coming off future Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. “You felt like you could reach out touch the screen with your hand” from home plate, Torre said. The left field screen was then 251 feet away. “It was quite a memory for me.” The short dimensions for the exhibition game makes Torre glad “he doesn’t have to do this for 162 games.” “You’d have to hire a psychiatrist to work on your pitchers if that’s going to be the case,” Torre said. “That’s pretty tough to deal with on a regular basis.” The Dodgers announced formation of ThinkCure in July, in partnership with the City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. In addition to the unusual configuration of the stadium, the Dodgers’ stay at the Coliseum was also remembered for the large crowds, topped by the largest crowd for a baseball game in American history — 93,103 for a May 7, 1959, exhibition game against the New York Yankees honoring catcher Roy Campanella, who was left paralyzed in an auto accident.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img