LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Timothy Bradley knows that in the minds of many there’s a blemish on his ostensibly perfect 31-0 ring record.
He’s aiming to set that right against Manny Pacquiao in April.
”This fight is to clean up the uncertainty, clean up the controversy, to redeem what I didn’t get after the first fight — which is the credit for beating Manny Pacquiao,” Bradley said Tuesday as the build-up to the April 12 bout in Las Vegas began.
SACRAMENTO (AFP) – Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Tuesday after an obscene outburst directed at game officials in Sacramento.
The French player lost his cool in the third quarter of Chicago’s 99-70 loss to the Kings on Monday night, unleashing a profanity-laced tirade after he received two technical fouls in the space of three minutes and was ejected from the game.
”Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been fined $15,000 for verbally abusing the officials upon his ejection,” Rod Thorn, the NBA’s President of Basketball Operations said in a statement.
MINNEAPOLIS (AFP) – Minnesota’s Kevin Love scored 31 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a 109-99 NBA victory on Tuesday over the injury ravaged Los Angeles Lakers.
Kevin Martin tied a season-high with 32 points for the Timberwolves, who handed the Lakers a seventh straight defeat.
The Lakers welcomed two key players back from injury in Steve Nash and Steve Blake, but saw Jodie Meeks depart with an ankle injury less than two minutes into the contest and Jordan Hill exit with a possible concussion at the end of the first quarter.
CLEVELAND (AFP) – Mike Pettine, who spent the past five years an a defensive coordinator, was named coach of the Cleveland Browns on Thursday by the National Football League club.
Pettine, who worked in Buffalo last season after four seasons on the staff of the New York Jets, replaces Rob Chudzinski, who was dumped after the Browns stumbled to a 4-12 record this season.
”Mike is the epitome of what we want the Browns to be: tough, aggressive and innovative with a blue-collar, team-first mentality,” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said.
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Lamont Peterson, trying to bounce back after being stopped for the first time in his career, defends his International Boxing Federation light welterweight title Saturday against unbeaten Canadian Dierry Jean.
A day after his 30th birthday, Peterson will try to put his career back on track in his hometown after being stopped in the third round last May by Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse.
While Peterson’s title was not at stake, his reputation took a big hit, with Matthysse fighting, and falling, to undefeated American Danny Garcia, the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association champion, last September.