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Haney and Lomachenko staged another close fight in light boxing



By the time Devin Haney appeared at the post-fight press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the 24-year-old undisputed lightweight champion was already aware of the widespread belief that the judges had made a mistake in awarding him the unanimous decision victory. Vasily Lomachenko on Saturday evening.

Haney, who holds lightweight belts from all four major sanctioning bodies, landed heavier punches during the 12 rounds of the championship fight, but punching statistics say Lomachenko, a 35-year-old Ukrainian, landed and landed more punches.

While many fans discussing the fight on social media complained about Haney’s win, undefeated contender Shakur Stevenson, who was hoping to fight Saturday Night’s winner, called the result a “rip off”.

Stevenson may have exaggerated the case – two judges scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Haney and a third gave Haney a 116-112 win, all relatively close. But the result and the backlash underscore the paradox inherent in high-level boxing.

Fans are demanding spectacular fights between elite fighters, and recently the lightweight division got it. An April matchup between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia sold out T-Mobile Arena and brought in 1.2 million pay-per-view purchases. In Saturday’s bout between Haney, the undisputed lightweight champion, and Lomachenko, the former three-division world champion, the stakes were even higher, with four championship belts at stake.

But intense fights often lead to controversial decisions. In a fight in which neither fighter had a clear advantage, one judge, Dave Moretti, won eight rounds in favor of Haney.

Amid all the controversy on the Internet, Haney told reporters that for him, victory seemed certain.

“People can say what they want,” said Haney, who is now 30-0 with 15 knockouts. “The judges reached a unanimous decision.”

Ahead of Saturday’s fight, Haney predicted he would force Lomachenko to retire. He had advantages in height and reach, and said his improved punching power would help him make Lomachenko look mediocre.

Lomachenko landed 124 of 564 punches, compared to Haney’s 110 of 405, according to CompuBox. In amateur boxing, where judges prioritize performance over punching power, and where Lomachenko has won two Olympic titles, he would likely win the decision if he simply outmaneuvered his opponent.

Much of Saturday’s fight took place at close range, which favored the shorter-handed Lomachenko, who repeatedly scored with a left hand to Haney’s forehead.

“It’s a big, big question for me,” Lomachenko, now 17-3 with 11 knockouts, told reporters at a press conference. “What’s happened?”

Professional fights are counted round by round, so aggregate hit statistics can be misleading. Lomachenko outmaneuvered Haney in five rounds, and Haney outmaneuvered Lomachenko in five others. In the remaining two frames, the fighters delivered the same number of blows.

Many of Haney’s connects were heavy body shots that blunted Lomachenko’s advances. From time to time, he landed sharp left hooks to limit Lomachenko’s lateral movement. Haney admitted he fought at Lomachenko’s preferred distance, but said he did it on purpose.

“I knew I had to show it to him and fight the kind of fight you guys have never seen before,” Haney said. “Not every fight will be beautiful.”

However, for people who want to guess the judges of the fight, round 10 stands out.

According to statistics, Lomachenko had an advantage – 11 delivered strikes against Haney’s five. He also appeared to be the aggressor and seemed to stun Haney with one of his punches. But Moretti awarded Haney 10th place.

His scorecard was one of several reasons Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas said he planned to file a formal protest on Monday.

“I guarantee that we will drop this decision,” Klimas told reporters.

The other two scorecards Haney favored for one round were more reflective of the tight margins and fast pace of the fight.

Between the 7th and 8th rounds, the seconds urged Lomachenko to throw more jabs. He started aggressively in the eighth round and was hit hard to the body by Haney. When Lomachenko finally landed his jab, the crowd chanted “Loma”. Before the call, Haney gave in a little.

In the final round, Haney resumed the attack with two fists. When Lomachenko landed a straight left, Haney countered with two hooks. Shortly before the final bell, Haney landed a long left jab.

Lomachenko left the fight impressed by Haney’s prowess.


“If you’re talking about Linares, if you’re talking about Lopez, they are better for me than Haney,” Lomachenko said, referring to Jorge Linares and Teofimo Lopez, two of his past rivals.

Lomachenko’s future in the ring remains hazy. He proved that he is still an elite fighter in the talented lightweight division, but he admitted that this fight was probably his last chance to become the undisputed champion.

For his part, Haney hoped that Saturday’s bout would dispel doubts about his championship qualities, but the result seems to have only emboldened would-be opponents.

“Devin is not at my level and I’m going to show it,” said Stevenson, a former 130-pound champion.

Haney, who had competed in the 135-pound division since his teenage years, discussed going on probation to the 140-pound super lightweight division. However, he has no plans to vacate his lightweight titles. Instead, he teased mega fights against Stevenson and Davis, who goes by the name of Tank.

“Me and the Tank is a massive battle,” he said. “It will happen sooner rather than later.”


Boone of the Yankees and Bell of the Reds ejected as New York won a three-game streak



The New York Yankees completed a three-game 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, but neither team’s managers saw an end to it.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Reds manager David Bell were ruled out in the first and eighth innings, respectively.

Boone and Bell are the first opposing coaches to be kicked out in the same game this season. The match may have been the perfect storm for the two of them. Boone has the most managerial layoffs in the last three seasons, and Bell has the second. ESPN Statistics and Information.

Boone manages to boot before noon, a rare feat. Although it was his 29th career outing, it was his first outing so early. The bailout occurred late in the first inning when Yankees right fielder Jake Bowers dropped the ball on a foul after watching a replay.

Boone’s disappointment did not appear to come from the challenge, but rather from the umpires allowing the Reds’ Jonathan India to score from first base in the game.

Bowers went down on a slip attempt to catch the ball, which first base umpire Nestor Ceha signaled as a foul as India rounded second base. Bowers was in no hurry to drop everything and get India, because he rightly believed that the play was dead.

The Reds then successfully challenged the game.

To Bowers and Boone’s surprise, crew chief Brian O’Nora announced that Spencer Steer’s flyball was fair for the double and India would get home plate.

Boone quickly jumped out of the dugout to argue, and O’Nora just as quickly kicked him out. This was somewhat of a predictable development, as managers should receive automatic ejection for contesting replay reviews.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected after an argument with referee Brian O’Nora. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Reds’ early 1–0 lead passed to Luis Severino, who returned with a strained back that caused him to miss the first month and a half of the season. It was the only run the right-hander gave up, winning five in 4 ⅔ innings.

The Yankees took the lead in the fifth when Harrison Bader hit Hunter Green’s two-run homer. Gleyber Torres added a solo home run in the sixth.

At the bottom of the eight, Bell took issue with the Yankees’ apparently fast pitching Vandi Peralta. He was especially excited when he got his third hook this season.

Bell ejected twice on the show, getting hooked on Friday after a routine screening for the Yankees’ Clark Schmidt. led to conflict.

Despite the bailout, the biggest draw for the Yankees is likely to be the team’s ability to finish the sweep with star Aaron Judge on the bench.

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World Cup 2026: New York and New Jersey promise “8 Super Bowls”



New York and New Jersey stepped up their bids to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup final, promising a spectacle on par with the “eight Super Bowls” at Thursday’s kickoff event for the tournament, which will be co-hosted by the United States. , Mexico and Canada.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino did not reveal which of the three countries’ host cities would host the final when the venues were announced last year.

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Neighboring states that will greet fans at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey will face stiff competition from Los Angeles, whose $5.5 billion indoor and outdoor SoFi stadium in Inglewood has a more eye-catching appeal.

“We want to have a final. There’s no better place to host the Finals than Metlife Stadium, said retired NFL great Michael Strahan, who made his name with the New York Giants but now fell in love with football.

“This is football, okay? I made the guys run around in tight pants and bump into each other.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, joined at the opening of Times Square by New York Mayor Eric Adams, promised a spectacle beyond anything the region had ever seen.

This stadium, then known as Giants Stadium, hosted seven World Cup matches in 1994 and four during the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

“We think we’ll have at least eight games – that’s eight Super Bowls,” Murphy said.

“All tickets will be sold out, I guarantee you. It doesn’t matter who plays.”

The launch event was one of several in host cities across the continent on Thursday, the day after Los Angeles launched the “WE ARE 26” campaign to promote the tournament.

Infantino declined to elaborate on whether the brand’s launch took place in Los Angeles means it will host the 2026 World Cup final.

“Of course, Los Angeles is an important city, one of the 16 [host] cities,” he said.

“But obviously it’s a hub. This is the hub of entry to America. This is the city that also hosted the final of the last US World Cup. We do not yet know where the final of this World Cup took place. The cup will be played. So to speak, still in the draw. So please send us your suggestions and make sure we strengthen the offers, but Los Angeles will definitely be one of the important cities for this World Cup.”

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani added that “probably later this year will be announced” the venue for the final.

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Heat’s Spoelstra raves about Play-in tournament amid conference finals



Heat coach Eric Spoelstra praised the NBA playoffs as he talked about the path that prepared Miami for the playoffs, which led to him leading the Celtics 1-0 to the Eastern Conference Finals.

After the Heat scored 46 points in the third quarter that contributed to their 123-116 win over Boston on Wednesday night, Spoelstra praised play-in games as a means of limiting late-season gas supplies.

“I know the game helped,” Spoelstra told reporters. “Tanks far fewer teams. Everyone has been fighting for this for the past two months. Every game was a must-see on TV. … I think so [for] league, it’s probably the best thing that’s happened in the last decade.”

Miami finished the regular season having won six of its last 10 games and needed a win over the Bulls in Game 2 to earn an eighth seed in this year’s playoffs. Since then, the Heat have completed a gentleman’s run for first place. The Bucks took first place and won first place. With 5 seeds in six games, the Knicks became the first 8th seed in nearly 25 years to reach the Conference Finals.

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The Heat have made the playoffs in each of the previous four seasons, reaching the final in the 2020 Bubble Playoffs. But in a season that has been filled with adversity for Miami, Spoelstra said finishing the regular season solidly and persevering through the play-ins was a necessity to be where they are now.

“We’ve been fighting this fight for our competitive lives for three months in a row because of the game and because of all the hardships,” Spoelstra said. “We weren’t doing load management or just counting games, we were doing everything we had to do to try and put ourselves in a position to win.

“It was a blessing to go through all this. I haven’t competed in a regular season like this before and I think we’ve all grown up and gotten better.”

Miami will look to get a 2-0 lead against Boston in Game 2 of the series on Friday.

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