April 23, 2011 in Sports

Spokane’s Welliver set to defend WBCCA heavyweight title


Boxing: Chauncy Welliver makes his fourth defense on the World Boxing Council Continental Americas heavyweight title tonight in Topeka, Kan.

The 27-year-old Spokane boxer (46-5-5) takes on Galen Brown of St. Joseph, Mo., in a scheduled 10-rounder in Landon Arena at the Kansas Expocentre. Brown, 29, is 35-15-1, with 22 knockouts.

“We were supposed to fight two weeks ago in Kentucky, but it fell through at the last minute,” Welliver said. “So I’ve had six solid weeks of training. The only downside to this guy is that he’s a southpaw and it’s more or less in his hometown, but we’re absolutely ready.”

Welliver has won 11 straight fights, including early TKOs in his last two defenses.

John Blanchette

Real Madrid, not real trophy

Soccer: Real Madrid put a replica of the Copa del Rey trophy on display at its stadium after the original was crushed under the team bus amid the celebrations of its 1-0 final victory over Barcelona.

The replacement is on display at the club’s trophy museum inside the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The owner of the Madrid jewelers that made the trophy provided a replica.

“I always make a spare in case something unexpected happens, lest (King Juan Carlos) be left with nothing to give out. The spare has been ready for a long time,” Federico Alegre said Friday.

The “something” happened in the early hours of Thursday morning in Madrid when defender Sergio Ramos lost his grip on the 33-pound trophy and dropped it from the top of the team bus, which ran over the cup.

Emergency services gathered up the pieces and put them inside the bus after it stopped.

“It was a fall of 5 meters, a bus ran over it, it has lost pieces, the base is destroyed and the rest is dented,” Alegre said. “I am not sad or even angry. These things happen. It will be another anecdote to be told in the future.”

Cristiano Ronaldo headed home the extra-time winner to give Madrid its 18th domestic cup.

Associated Press

Welcome to the super bowling

Bowling: With the NFL in the middle of a lockout, how about a few good strikes at Cowboys Stadium?

The cavernous home of the Dallas Cowboys will host the U.S. Women’s Open on June 30, the first time a bowling event has been held at the billion-dollar showplace.

Shiny wooden lanes will be placed on either side of the famous Cowboys star at midfield.

Pro bowler Stefanie Nation says it’s exciting to have “the pinnacle of women’s bowling” at the site of last season’s Super Bowl.

Associated Press

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