WBO to review controversial Bradley-Pacquiao decision
One of boxing's major sanctioning bodies will review Timothy Bradley's controversial split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao, the first step toward what promoter Bob Arum hopes will be "clarity" in the judging of the fight.
WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel said in a statement Wednesday that the WBO's championship committee will review video of the fight with five "recognized international judges" and make a recommendation. He said the WBO does not doubt the ability of the scoring judges.
Most reporters seated ringside and the vast majority of fans inside the MGM Grand arena on Saturday night thought Pacquiao had easily defended his welterweight title against Bradley.
The first surprise came when ring announcer Michael Buffer announced that there was a split decision, and the biggest surprise came in the reading of the scores. Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, while judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross had it for Bradley by the same score.
The Associated Press scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao.
"The public saw the fight and they're outraged, and we need clarity here," Arum said Wednesday. "We need those responsible to investigate, to see what happened, how the judges could be so off.
"Was there any funny business going on? Or no funny business? Did they have a conversation with each other? We need to get clarity. The public is demanding it."
Judge denies Mayweather's demands
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s demands that he be released from jail because the poor quality of the food and water has threatened his health were denied by a Las Vegas judge who says he should eat and drink what is being given to him behind bars. Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa wrote in her late Wednesday decision that water has been made available to Mayweather around the clock and the only reason he isn't eating properly is because he refuses to eat the provided meals. Saragosa said Mayweather's complaints that he is unable to exercise in jail also are invalid because he has been "provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses."
Guatemala ties U.S. in Cup qualifier
Marco Pappa scored on a free kick in the 83rd minute, giving Guatemala a 1-1 tie with the United States in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night. Clint Dempsey put the United States ahead in the 40th minute, but Fabian Johnson pulled down Carlos Ruiz just outside the penalty area to set up the late free kick in a dangerous position. Pappa, a Chicago Fire midfielder, put a 24-yard shot just under the crossbar that froze goalkeeper Tim Howard. The Americans are seeking their seventh straight appearance in the World Cup.
■ Mario Gomez scored two first-half goals Wednesday to give Germany a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in one of the most anticipated showdowns of the European Championship. Robin van Persie pulled one back for the Netherlands in the second half but the defeat left the 2010 World Cup runner-up on the brink of elimination.
■ Silvestre Varela scored in the 87th minute to give Portugal a 3-2 win over Denmark on Wednesday and revive his team's hopes of reaching the European Championship quarterfinals. Varela scored from short range three minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 84th minute, helping the Portuguese bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Germany in their opening game.
Collinsworth out with torn labrum
Notre Dame safety and special teams player Austin Collinsworth, a former Fort Thomas Highlands standout, is expected to be out four to six months following surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum. Collinsworth, a junior, has played in all 26 of Notre Dame's games the last two seasons, primarily on special teams. He made 16 special teams tackles last season, giving him 22 for his career. He is the son of former NFL star and current TV commentator Cris Collinsworth.
Losing Ballard to Patriots irks Coughlin
Tom Coughlin was in no mood to be noble toward the New England Patriots for plucking injured tight end Jake Ballard off the waiver wire. Ballard, coming off ACL and micro-fracture surgery and likely unavailable for action until 2013, was claimed shortly before Tuesday's opening workout of Giants minicamp, a day after he was waived because of a failed physical. It was the Giants' intention to re-sign him and eventually place him on injured reserve, where he would continue rehabilitation and anticipate a full recovery next season. But the Patriots beat them to it, leaving Coughlin displeased with the entire situation on Wednesday. When it was suggested that the Giants might just have kept their top pass-catching tight end from last season on the 90-man roster to ensure keeping his contract rights, Coughlin shot back, "Don't ask me those questions. I don't have the answer for you."
■ New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt said second-year defensive end Greg Romeus is out for six to eight months with torn ligaments in his left knee, including an anterior cruciate ligament. Romeus is expected to miss his second full season since being drafted. He spent last season on injured reserve while rehabilitating his right knee.
■ Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was suspended two games without pay Wednesday and will have to give up two more game checks for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Leshoure pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in May after police discovered him with pot in his mouth during a traffic stop in southwestern Michigan.
IndyCar cancels race in China
The IndyCar race in China on Aug. 19 was officially canceled Wednesday and series CEO Randy Bernard must now find another event for the second half of the season. Bernard had been working with promoters in Qingdao the last several months to salvage the race, which was announced in November to run at the same time as the city's International Beer Festival. Despite an existing contract, new leadership in local government balked at the IndyCar race. As for what Bernard will do to fill the hole in the IndyCar schedule, he said he's looking at several options. There's speculation IndyCar could make a second stop at Texas Motor Speedway.
Tour champion Schleck to miss race
The 2010 Tour de France champion Andy Schleck pulled out of this year's race because of a spine injury he sustained during the Criterium du Dauphine last week, but hopes to recover in time to compete at the London Olympics. Schleck confirmed his withdrawal from cycling's blue ribbon race at a news conference in Luxembourg on Wednesday, a few hours after his parents told The Associated Press he would not be able to ride for at least five weeks.
The last word
Arizona Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson wasn't surprised to hear former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda had a heart attack:
"Probably went out and pounded a huge meal, and went down. I've eaten several meals with him, so I know what it's like. I felt like I was having a heart attack after eating with him as well."