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Canelo Alvarez beats the valiant John Ryder in a raucous homecoming in Mexico | boxing



Canelo Alvarez made a victorious return to Mexican soil after a 12-year absence on Saturday night, winning a wide decision over a bloodied but defiant John Ryder, successfully defending his undisputed 168-pound title in front of a roaring hometown crowd.

The 32-year-old four-division champion from Guadalajara broke Ryder’s nose in the third round, landed a heavy knockdown in the fifth, and poured punishment in the later stages when the gap in skill and class between the super middleweights became apparent. . The resilient Londoner refused to give up and surprisingly recreated his best moments of the night in the final stretch, but had to settle for an ennobling defeat after finishing the fight on his feet in front of more than 50,000 rowdy spectators at Akron Stadium.

One of the ringside judges was stern, scoring the lockout at 120–107, while the other two dealt cards at 118–109. (The Guardian had 117-110.)

Ryder, a 34-year-old southpaw from Islington nicknamed The Gorilla, fought bravely from start to finish and showed his best against a weary champion when the outcome was far out of reach. counted.

It was Álvarez’s 35th professional fight in Mexico, but the first since 26 November 2011 when he stopped Kermit Cintron in five rounds in the third defense of his WBO junior middleweight title. So much has happened since then: Alvarez added titles at 160, 168 and 175 pounds, creating a resounding atmosphere on Saturday at the sprawling home of Liga MX team CD Guadalajara, which is expected to host the 2026 World Cup.

“This is a historic moment for me,” Alvarez later said in much-improved English. “I am happy to be here with my people who supported me from the very beginning. I am happy to be here and grateful (for being here) with my people.”

Canelo Alvarez (right) strikes an uppercut during Saturday’s title fight against John Ryder at Akron Stadium in Mexico. Photographer: Henry Romero/Reuters

Alvarez was constantly landing, hitting the body with a left hand from the first bell, while Ryder’s measured activity from a distance did not allow the champion to land combinations during the first two rounds. But the Briton’s solid start was abruptly halted at the start of the third fight when Alvarez’s hard right hand exploded right into his nose, from which blood immediately began to flow, which covered both fighters during periods of fight. Encouraged, Alvarez, not caring about Ryder’s strength, began to go into his pocket, landing devastating blows to the ribs, expecting Ryder to drop his glove long enough to close the show with an overhand right hand.

The one-way drive continued until the fifth, when Alvarez landed a devastating one-two combination that threw his opponent to the tarp along the ropes and ignited the crowd. Ryder bravely got to his feet at nine before incredibly reaching the bell with sheer willpower.

Alvarez continued to punish for the next three rounds, rocking Ryder several times with devastating blows to the head and stomach. But the challenger held his own, even as he stood in his corner between rounds in a desperate attempt to revive his rubber legs.

Ryder almost went down again in the ninth round with a series of crippling right punches thrown in the worst possible way, but somehow remained upright. The referee stepped forward towards the end of the frame, but the close inspection only seemed to motivate Ryder, who fired back just enough to buy himself more time. For what purpose, given the skewed scorecards, was unclear.

The knockout that seemed like a fait accompli just a couple of rounds ago never happened. An increasingly frustrated Alvarez seemed to tire out over the last three sessions, reduced to throwing single right hand punches while hitting the show stopper as a busier Ryder launched combos on resurrected legs. By that point, the result was in no doubt, but the Brit, showing tenacity, courage and resilience in extreme conditions, will undoubtedly lead to profitable opportunities to move forward.

“Maybe he’s not in the best shape anymore, he couldn’t get me out, he wanted to stop me, but he couldn’t,” Ryder said at a press conference. “Things could have been a little different if not for the problem with my nose. It took me a few rounds to get used to.”

Alvarez praised Ryder for being a “very strong fighter”, adding that his own status as boxing’s biggest star tends to cause it in his opponents.

“He’s a very strong fighter, man,” said Alvarez, who landed 179 of 459 punches (39%) compared to Ryder’s 80 of 457 (17.5%), according to Compubox’s punch stats. “When they go to all [all four championship belts], they turn it on. They become more difficult than usual. But I know it. I have been in this position for a long time and I know. I respect my opponents because I know they are ready for anything.”

John Ryder knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in the fifth round of Saturday's title fight.
John Ryder knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in the fifth round of Saturday’s title fight. Photographer: Henry Romero/Reuters

Alvarez entered a Saturday fight after 2022 that didn’t impress his sky-high standards. Moving up in weight to fight light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol ended with his first loss in nine years before he settled for a decision win in the trilogy’s climactic date with a faded Gennady Golovkin. Then came a long-delayed operation on his left arm, which he said took several rounds on Saturday to feel normal.

“[The left hand] felt really good,” Alvarez said. “Not at the beginning. “It took me a couple of rounds, three rounds to start hitting to know that I was doing well with my hand. But now I know.”

No sooner had Alvarez crowned himself with the gilded laurels of the winner than he called Bivol, a rematch that both fighters want, but which can be difficult to negotiate. Alvarez wants the rematch to take place at light heavyweight, where he will be a significant underdog but will also retain his WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF super middleweight titles if he loses again. Bivol insisted that the fight take place at 168 pounds, which is much more comfortable for Canelo, but which gives him the opportunity to win all four of Alvarez’s super middleweight championship belts.

“The same rules, the same conditions, everything is the same,” Alvarez said. “Everyone knows that we want a rematch with Bivol, (but) if there is no fight with Bivol, then we’ll see. I can fight everyone.”


Joel Embiid of the 76ers starts Game 2 with a 15-point loss to the Celtics.



BOSTON — Philadelphia 76ers superstar center Joel Embiid, who was named NBA Most Valuable Player Tuesday night, returned from a right knee LCL strain and started Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series in a 121-87 loss to Boston. Celtics Wednesday night.

Embiid had 15 points, three rebounds and five blocks in 27 minutes.

On Wednesday evening, he went through his usual pre-match training with a knee brace and moved around without any problems. Embiid was ruled out 90 minutes before the Sixers won Game 1 on Monday night.

He was the last player to appear on the court during the shootout on Monday morning, but on Wednesday, when the team arrived at TD Garden, everything changed. Embiid was the first player to enter the arena bowl, quickly put on his shoes, and began filming footage for several minutes before the 15-minute media review period expired and filming began.

When asked how he was feeling after the firefight, Embiid said that there was a “possibility” to return, but he would rely on the advice of the team’s medical staff.

“I’m going to listen to these guys and see what they have to say, doctors, and obviously I want to play,” Embiid said. “Everyone who knows me, I just love being on the court and I love playing. There’s an opportunity, and if I get the green light, we’ll go ahead.

“But I feel pretty good, just like in the last game. I felt like we had a huge opportunity and we were going to win, and tonight, whether I play or not, I believe in these guys.

Embiid went through a full workout on Tuesday, which sources said went well, but the determining factor for Game 2 will be how his knee responds to that strain.

“It’s just health related,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday afternoon. “If he can play, he plays. If he can’t, he can’t. And if it’s 50/50, we’ll probably err the other way. [and not have him play]because we’ve been doing it all year.”

Philadelphia are looking to take a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series after James Harden’s impressive 45-point play stunned the Celtics in Game 1.

Embiid was injured on April 20 when he landed awkwardly after contesting a shot by Brooklyn Nets forward Cam Johnson in Game 3 of Philadelphia’s first round.

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The bleak future of Pac-12 gains some clarity when ESPN emerges as an option for mainstream media rights.



SCOTTDALE, Arizona. What the industry has long assumed has become a reality this week as ESPN doesn’t appear to be considering getting the primary media rights to the Pac-12 as the conference continues to look for a new deal, multiple sources tell CBS Sports.

The situation came to a head at this week’s spring Fiesta Summits, when ESPN executives told Big 12 officials that their league was one of three conferences the network would air in the future. ESPN currently has Power Five agreements with the Big 12 (new deal starts in 2025), SEC (new deal in 2024), and ACC (current deal runs through 2036). He has other college football contracts, including the AAC, which expires in 2030.

The current Pac-12 rights agreement with Fox and ESPN expires July 1, 2024.

“[This is the] first time in public [ESPN] said, “We’re not doing anything with the Pac-12,” a Big 12 administrator with knowledge of the trade told CBS Sports on condition of anonymity.

While ESPN won’t compete for the top Pac-12 games, it may be interested in secondary rights to a smaller package for games, especially at night. Sources close to the talks stressed that they are taking a “never say never” approach when it comes to potential partners as negotiations continue.

If ESPN isn’t interested in Pac-12 Tier I games — the most coveted and probably the highest rated competition — then it looks like the league doesn’t have a clear brand contender. Other major line platforms, including Fox, do not appear to be interested in the primary rights to Pac-12, which will generate the bulk of the revenue in the new media deal.

During the spring conference meetings, it was confirmed that Pac-12 remains confident it will strike a deal with a major telecommunications rights operator for its Tier 1 content, sources tell CBS Sports. There have been rumors lately that NBCUniversal (particularly the USA Network) might be involved.

The USA Network has a long history of sports coverage, dating back to its debut as the MSG network in 1977. This included having a college football package from 1980-86. NBCUniversal is currently reviewing a media rights agreement for WWE Monday Night Raw, which could impact its interest in Pac-12. Fox is also in ongoing negotiations to renew WWE SmackDown, which airs Fridays in prime time.

“I think they’re in a quandary,” WWE CEO Nick Khan said of the Pac-12 in March. during a podcast interview.

ESPN has upcoming talks to consider having an NBA contract go on the market, and the UFC is set to enter a negotiation window soon. WWE and UFC recently merged into a single company.

Last year, ESPN for the first time in more than 40 years lost the rights to media from the Big Ten. The Big Ten will air their games on CBS, Fox and NBC. The Big 12 partially filled a hole in ESPN’s schedule by outpacing Pac-12 to secure a new deal in October 2022 with both ESPN and Fox.

Pac-12 has been looking for a highly publicized new contract since last summer after news broke that USC and UCLA were headed for the Big Ten.

According to sources that have speculated what form the Pac-12 deal could take, league-level I content is likely to be classified at least two games per week for the rights holder during a typical 14-week season. These 28 games can be valued at around $200 million, averaging $7 million per game.

It was speculated that an approximately $300 million rights deal might be needed to keep some Pac-12 schools from moving into the Big 12. estimated 47-50 remaining games in Pac-12 inventory (based on league left with 10 teams).

Oregon and Washington remain the biggest Pac-12 brands, with USC and UCLA leaving the conference. What is unknown is what these top-tier Pac-12 games will look like. CBS Sports ranked the highest-rated Pac-12 games on television in 2021 and 2022, not including USC and UCLA. Oregon and/or Washington appeared in four of the top five ranked games.

Under the new agreement, the average basic income of the Big 12 schools will be $31.7 million per year. Through a $300 million rights deal, Pac-12 teams will receive $30 million a year.

Sources did not provide an exact number that would prevent Pac-12 schools from considering moving to the Big 12. Arizona President Robert Robbins also declined to give a figure. However, educated guesses suggest that the Pac-12 will land within 10% of the Big 12 figure – roughly $28.5 million – could be enough to keep the league together.

It’s well known that Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark favors some combination of Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah as his league continues to expand. Sources have indicated for several months that there were at least informal contacts between these parties.

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George Russell ‘disappointed’ with himself after Azerbaijan Grand Prix



George Russell not only scored points by starting 11th at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but also managed to score an extra point by scoring the fastest lap of the race in the final laps.

However, in his own words, the driver of the Mercedes was “disappointed” with himself after the fight in Baku.

On restarting after an early safety car, Russell “messed up” his start by putting himself in a difficult position. Instead of fighting on the field, Russell was forced to settle for a points finish. With that guaranteed in the final laps, he came to the pits to switch to soft tires late in an attempt to secure the fastest lap of the race and an extra point.

He pulled it off, but that was little consolation given what could have been.

“Today I am a little disappointed with myself. I really started well and took a worthy place. I made a good move on Stroll to get past him in the pit lane but then I messed up the restart,” Russell said in a statement released to media outlets including Sat nation. “I was defending against Lance and I almost ran into Fernando’s back. [Alonso]. Then I ran and got my tires dirty. After all, that’s why both Lance and Lewis passed by. From there he was on the stern line.

Instead of battling for fifth place, Russell quickly returned to eighth and looked forward to a break. He didn’t hold back his self-criticism the next time he radioed the pit lane.

“Well, that was a fucking restart, sorry guys,” the driver said.

Unfortunately for Russell, he couldn’t make his way back up the grid, so when it became clear he was stuck on the points, Mercedes made the decision to take him with them and swap him for a soft to work his way up to the bonus point. Russell managed the fastest lap, but after the race he viewed this small win as an offshoot of his previous mistake.

“I will take an extra point for the fastest lap, but the only reason we had that opportunity was because we were in a bad position. It was a close pace between us, Ferrari and Aston Martin, and small differences can make a big difference in terms of results,” Russell said. “Whether we finish in 4th or 8th place, it’s far from first place, so we have a lot of work to do.”

It’s been quite a dramatic week for the Mercedes driver, who got into a track brawl with Max Verstappen in Saturday’s sprint race. Contact between the two cars caused damage to Verstappen’s RB19 and led to a tense conversation between the two drivers after the race.

Russell claimed that he was clean after the sprint race and that he would not just back down from a challenge:

Despite Russell’s dissatisfaction with himself, Mercedes Trackside Technical Director Andrew Shovlin was more optimistic in his post-race assessment, pointing to his racing pace. “George had a really good first lap and got through some key cars early on. He was able to stop under the safety car, but then he had trouble restarting and lost a couple of seats. As with Lewis, he just couldn’t pass despite having a bit more pace, so our only consolation was a point for the fastest lap at the end.”

Mercedes will look to improve their results at the Miami Grand Prix next weekend.

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