Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez stops Brian Viloria, retains flyweight title

Flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez strengthened his claim as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world with his one-sided, ninth-round destruction of former unified titleholder. Gonzalez dominated, much to the delight of a raucous cheering section of fans from his home country of Nicaragua, as he retained the title for the third time fighting in the co-feature of the Gennady Golovkin-David …

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Andrzej Fonfara defeats Nathan Cleverly by unanimous decision

Murphy set a major league record with homers in six straight postseason games, snapping a tie with Carlos Beltran, who homered in five straight games during the 2004 postseason with the Houston Astros.

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The 30 young boxers on the rise in 2015

These are good days for fighters aged over 30, so much so that even some of boxing’s up-and-comers, such as Gennady Golovkin and light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, are into their third decade. But here is a list of the young men who might quest upwards – in marketability, ring esteem or both – in 2015.

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Crawford’s title fight also about pound-for-pound pre-eminence

After 12 meetings this season, the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays are as familiar with each other’s approaches, tendencies, strengths and weaknesses as they’re ever going to be. With one or possibly two games remaining in the American League Championship Series, it basically comes down to the Royals’ killer instinct vs. the Blue Jays instinct for survival. After …

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Rigondeaux likely to be stripped of one of his belts

Unified junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is on the verge of being stripped of one of his title belts because of inactivity. You might recall in July that Demetrius Andrade, who had not defended his WBO junior middleweight belt in 13 months, was sent a letter by the organization and ordered to “show cause” why he should not be stripped …

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Golovkin’s path to global stardom runs through Lemieux

When Gennady Golovkin came to the United States in 2012, largely unknown despite owning a middleweight world title, he and Tom Loeffler. It sounded far-fetched as they met with various network executives and Madison Square Garden officials — because Golovkin dreamed of fighting in the famed arena — and Loeffler called boxing media members regularly, hoping to drum up publicity. …

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Cunningham rematched with Tomasz Adamek and lost a split decision

Steve Cunningham twice won world titles in the cruiserweight division before doing what most cruiserweights eventually do, which is move up for greater glory and money at heavyweight. A heavyweight since making the move in 2012, Cunningham has gone 4-3-1, which is a deceptive record. In his second heavyweight fight, Cunningham rematched with Tomasz Adamek and lost a split decision that …

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Unbeaten heavyweight Luis Ortiz to fight Bryant Jennings on Dec. 19

The HBO boxing season has a good chance to end the year with a bang. Heavyweight knockout artist Luis Ortiz and top contender Bryant Jennings will meet in a toss-up fight Dec. Ortiz’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy, and Jennings’ promoter, Gary Shaw, made the deal Wednesday, just days after Ortiz scored a one-sided, third-round knockout of …

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Mets’ Daniel Murphy sets mark with homer in sixth straight playoff game

Murphy set a major league record with homers in six straight postseason games, snapping a tie with Carlos Beltran, who homered in five straight games during the 2004 postseason with the Houston Astros. Beltran went on to sign a seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets that offseason. Murphy will be a free agent after the World Series.“I can’t explain …

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Evolution of traditional champagne celebrations in baseball

Matt Harvey knew what was coming. He fully expected David Wright to spray champagne on him and for Michael Cuddyer to pour it over his head while Harvey attempted to do an interview. Following their NL East title party last month in Cincinnati, it was the second of what the Mets hope will be four champagne celebrations this year. No. …

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Hey, Cubs and Mets fans — here’s why you should watch the ALCS

Welcome, Mets and Cubs fans, to the league championship series to which no one outside Kansas City and Canada has been paying attention. I mean, really, was anyone shocked that the Cubs lost in the NLCS and failed to reach the World Series? If your focus was on that four-game sweep, here are some things to know before Friday night’s …

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Top 10 Young Players In Major League Baseball

Rosenthal took a St. Louis Cardinals bullpen job last season and never relinquished it, making 74 appearances and amassing an impressive 12.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Boston Red Sox fans will remember the 23-year-old’s blistering fastball from the 2013 World Series.

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David Price hopes to shake postseason stigma once and for all

After 12 meetings this season, the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays are as familiar with each other’s approaches, tendencies, strengths and weaknesses as they’re ever going to be. With one or possibly two games remaining in the American League Championship Series, it basically comes down to the Royals’ killer instinct vs. the Blue Jays instinct for survival. After …

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Bautista’s bat flip made Joey Bats a polarizing name

He’s the face of Blue Jays baseball, front and center in every poster around Toronto. He’s a six-time All-Star who regularly engages with fans from his robust social media following. “I’m not lately,” Bautista said during batting practice before Game 3 of the ALCS. “But, it doesn’t bother me. I know who I am, and I’m enjoying the game. I’m …

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