Claressa Shields Undisputed and other news

Claressa Shields left no doubt about who is the best middleweight in the world by winning by unanimous decision victory after 10 one-sided rounds against Germany’s Christina Hammer on Saturday.

Lomachenko and others in photos

Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) seemed eager to perform and like a maestro leading a symphony the Ukrainian native manipulated former world champion Anthony Crolla (34-7-3) like a violinist tuning his strings at the Staples Center. The crowd roared every movement by their conductor. Also, Arnold Barboza and Gilberto Ramirez had wins too. Here is a small photo gallery.

Stacked Golden Boy Card at Fantasy Springs

Led by Ryan "The Flash" Garcia a stacked fight card took place at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. Included were many contenders like Antonio Orozco and Angel Acosta. Here's a photo essay of the events...

Hollywood - Super middleweights and more

It was a night of the undefeated on a Sunday in Hollywood. In the semi-main event at Hollywood’s Avalon Theater, Ali Akhmedov (14-0) of Big Bear, CA looked to continue his undefeated record and other prospects engaged in several eye-turning wars. 

Golden Boy Thursday Night

The first show of Golden Boy Promotions new series began on Thursday March 21, at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California. It was a night of upsets as fighters like Mercito Gesta, Ferdinand Keroboyan and Manuel Avila did not experience the results expected.

Errol Spence Beats Mikey

Errol Spence Jr. retained his IBF Welterweight World Championship in his hometown in front of 47,525 fans with a unanimous decision over four-division world champion Mikey Garcia in the main event.. 

Katie Taylor Wins and More Fight Chatter

Ireland’s Katie Taylor (13-0) handily defeated Brazil’s Rose Volante (14-1) by stoppage in the ninth round to grab the WBO lightweight. Taylor, 32, already has the IBF and WBA lightweight titles..

Fight Chatter

WBC Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) retained his title with a close split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) Saturday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions.

Fight Chatter

Andrew Cancio (20-4-2) upset Puerto Rico’s Alberto Machado by knockout to win the WBA super featherweight world title on Saturday Feb. 9. Cancio survived a first round knockdown and rallied furiously from that point on to floor Machado three times with body shots. 

Canelo vs GGG 2 gallery

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez emerged victorious by majority decision after 12 razor close and furious rounds against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to become the new middleweight world champion on Saturday.

Trading Places and other Baseball Notes

After starting off white hot the Dodgers cooled off dramatically and lost six consecutive games. The Dodger relievers were mostly to blame and despite having leads against St. Louis and Milwaukee the bullpen stunk.

The Big Shebang: Season 2019

The 2018 National League pennant winners pummeled the Arizona Diamondback pitching staff for a 12-5 victory and a Major League record of eight homeruns on Opening Day and also tied a franchise record for homeruns for any day. 

NL Western Division Picks

Today’s Dodgers lead by depth at pitching, depth at fielding and depth at hitting all which seem to point toward another championship. But you can never tell if injury to a key player or two scuttles the whole smooth operation. Analytics be damned, injury can wreck even the best of plans.

American League Western Division Picks

After winning back-to-back titles in the AL Western Division it might seem the Astros could be ripe for a letdown especially losing pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton. But the rest of the division has lost a lot too except for the Angels and they can’t compete just yet. 

AL Eastern Division Picks

This should be the New York Yankees year especially with the weak opening month schedule in 2019. The Bronx Bombers begin facing the lowly Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the first nine games before meeting the Houston Astros. They could very well jump start with a nine-game winning streak to open the season. 

NL Eastern Division Picks

The Washington Nationals picked up starting pitcher Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez to an already strong starting rotation featuring Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasberg and Joe Ross and you get one of the best rotations in baseball. They are going to be tough to beat.

NL Central Division Predictions

The Chicago Cubs remain the top club to beat with its strong pitching staff that includes a healthy Yu Darvish this year. Health is an important issue for this team especially with its pitching staff.

AL Central Division Picks

Cleveland has ruled the American League Central Division for the past three years. They did it with pitching and more pitching. Only one other starting rotation in the AL can rival Cleveland top to bottom. 

Baseball Hall of Fame 2019

New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera was voted unanimously into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the baseball writers and will be joined by Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina. They will also be accompanied by Harold Baines and Lee Smith who were voted in by the Veterans Committee last month. Induction ceremonies take place this summer in Cooperstown, New York.

Mike Trout Signs

The Los Angeles Angels signed Trout to a 12-year contract worth $426.5 million thus smashing the previous mark of $330 million set last week by Bryce Harper with the Philadelphia Phillies. More importantly it allows the struggling Angel franchise to build on tomorrow.

Ichiro Retires

Suzuki, 45, retired as a Seattle Mariner the team that first lured him away from Japan when he was that country’s best player in 2000. In the Major Leagues, the slim but fast outfielder proved he could dominate in the U.S. too.

Dodger Don Newcombe Dies at 92

Don Newcombe followed the path led by Black baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson two years earlier. He became the first Black pitcher for the Dodger organization and was signed by then general manager Branch Rickey while playing for the Newark Eagles of the Negro League.

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