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In brief: Pacquiao wins on dominating performance

Sun., Nov. 14, 2010

Manny Pacquiao, right, won the eighth title fight of his career. (Associated Press)
Manny Pacquiao, right, won the eighth title fight of his career. (Associated Press)

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao used both speed and power in a dominating performance Saturday night to beat Antonio Margarito and win their 150-pound showdown in Arlington, Texas.

Pacquiao landed early and often, bloodying Margarito’s face, closing his right eye and nearly closing his left. Pacquiao seemed on the verge of stopping Margarito in the late rounds, but had to settle for a lopsided decision.

It was the eighth different title won by Pacquiao, and it was a magnificent performance against a tough opponent who outweighed him by nearly 20 pounds.

Margarito tried gamely, but he simply had no answer as the Filipino star landed punches in flurries from the opening bell, snapping Margarito’s head back time and time again. By the middle rounds his face was a bloody mess as Pacquiao landed punches seemingly at will.

Haye stops Harrison in third round: David Haye stopped Audley Harrison in the third round in Manchester, England, to retain the WBA heavyweight title.

Haye proved too strong for 39-year-old Harrison, knocking him down in the third round and prompting referee Luis Pabon to stop the bout to prevent further punishment.

Celtics hold off Grizzlies to win in OT

NBA: Ray Allen hit a key 3-pointer in overtime and Paul Pierce scored 28 points as the Boston Celtics held off a furious rally by the Memphis Grizzlies for a 116-110 win in Memphis, Tenn. Rudy Gay’s short pull-up jump shot for Memphis with 7.3 seconds left in regulation tied it at 99. Gay had 22 points for the Grizzlies, who trailed by as many as 11 points.

Hornets stay unbeaten with win against Blazers : The unbeaten New Orleans Hornets won their eighth in a row, with David West and Marco Belinelli each scoring 18 points in a 107-87 win over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. Portland cut a 17-point deficit to 75-70 early in the fourth, but New Orleans responded with a 16-5 run. Nicolas Batum led Portland with 16 points.

Jazz rally again to beat Bobcats: Deron Williams hit a running hook shot with 0.8 seconds left to cap a fourth- quarter rally and the Utah Jazz beat the Charlotte Bobcats 96-95 in Charlotte, N.C. The Jazz overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to win their fifth straight game and fourth on the road. Williams finished with 17 points and nine assists.

Magic top Nets on Nelson’s basket: Jameer Nelson made the go-ahead basket with 4.1 seconds left, and the Orlando Magic avoided a third straight loss by beating the New Jersey Nets 91-90 in Newark, N.J. Dwight Howard added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic. Devin Harris led the Nets with 26 points.

Vanek leads Sabres past Capitals in OT

NHL: Thomas Vanek scored his second goal of the game with a minute left in overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Buffalo, N.Y. Steve Montador also scored, while Ryan Miller stopped 23 shots. Nicklas Backstrom and Karl Alzner scored for the Capitals.

• O’Reilly lifts Predators over Chicago in SO: Cal O’Reilly scored the only goal in a shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Nashville, Tenn. Shane O’Brien, Shea Weber and Cody Franson scored for Nashville. Jack Skille scored twice and Viktor Stalberg once for the Blackhawks.

Miscellany: Kosuke Kimura scored in the 43rd minute and the Colorado Rapids beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in Commerce City, Colo., to advance to the MLS Cup. San Jose will face today’s FC Dallas-Los Angeles winner in the title game Nov. 21 in Toronto.

• Monfils beats Federer to reach Paris final: Gael Monfils saved five match points to beat top-seeded Roger Federer 7-6 (7), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4) and reach today’s Paris Masters final against Robin Soderling.

Soderling saved three match points before overcoming Michael Llodra of France 6-7 (0), 7-5, 7-6 (6).

Japan’s Takahashi takes Skate America gold: Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi edged countryman Nobunari Oda to win the Skate America men’s title in Portland. Takahashi posted a final score of 227.07. Oda finished with 226.09. American Armin Mahbanoozadeh earned a 211.17, good for third place.

For the women, three-time European champion Carolina Kostner skated to the lead after the short program. Kostner scored 60.28 points. Kanako Murakami of Japan earned a 54.75. American Rachael Flatt finished fourth with 51.02.

Edwards wins again in Nationwide Series

Auto racing: Carl Edwards won the Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., leading 153 laps in claiming his second straight win.

Edwards also won last week at Texas. Kevin Harvick finished second and was followed by Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.

• Vettel wins pole at Abu Dhabi GP: Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won the pole position for today’s season-ending Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) Grand Prix. Vettel clocked 1 minute, 39.394 seconds at the Yas Marina circuit, making him 0.31 seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton. Alonso was 0.398 seconds back.

Thatcher maintains lead at CMN Classic

Golf: Roland Thatcher shot a 2-under 70 to take a four- stroke lead after the third round of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Chris Stroud (70) was second at 14 under, followed by Spencer Levin (67), Brett Wetterich (68), Robert Garrigus (70) and Brian Gay (71) at 13 under.

• Woods finishes strongly in Australia: Tiger Woods closed out his worst year with his best score, a 6-under 65 in the Australian Masters in Melbourne, Australia. Woods finished at 7-under 277, two shots behind Daniel Gaunt, who was on the 14th hole at Victoria Golf Club at press time.

Pettersen leads Lorena Ochoa Invitational: Suzann Pettersen shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico. Pettersen was at 12 under through 54 holes. Ai Miyazato (68), Stacy Lewis (69), In-Kyung Kim (68) and Karine Icher (68) were tied for second at 11 under.


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