Martinez-Wil­liams fight sched­uled

Los Angeles Times - - The Day in Sports -

Mid­dleweight cham­pion Ser­gio Martinez will re­turn to the site of his ti­tle tri­umph when he de­fends his WBC belt Nov. 20 against Paul Wil­liams at Board­walk Hall in At­lantic City.

Martinez (45-2-2) won the belt with an im­pres­sive unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Kelly Pav­lik in April, four months af­ter a thrilling split-de­ci­sion loss to Wil­liams in the same build­ing.

Their re­match will be for the mid­dleweight ti­tle, but at a catch weight of 157 pounds.

Wil­liams (39-1) has won six straight since his only loss, beat­ing such no­table fight­ers as Winky

Wright and Verno Phillips, and aveng­ing his de­feat to Car­los Quin­tana. He’s com­ing off a tech­ni­cal de­ci­sion against Ker­mit Cin­tron in May.

The fight will be shown live on HBO.

De­fense­man Tom Poti has signed a two-year, $5.75-mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Washington Cap­i­tals.

Poti will re­ceive $3 mil­lion in the 2011-12 sea­son, and $2.75 mil­lion in 2012-13. The $14 mil­lion, four-year deal he signed when he joined Washington as a free agent in 2007 was set to ex­pire af­ter the com­ing sea­son.

The 33-year-old Poti had four goals, 20 as­sists and 42 penalty min­utes in 70 games last sea­son, help­ing Washington fin­ish with the NHL’s best reg­u­lar-sea­son record. He ranked fifth among league de­fense­men with a ca­reer-best plus-26 rat­ing and ranked sec­ond on the Cap­i­tals with 121blocked shots.

Poti has 67 goals, 251 as­sists and 578 penalty min­utes in 787 ca­reer NHL games with the Cap­i­tals, Ed­mon­ton Oilers and New York’s Rangers and Is­lan­ders.

The Cap­i­tals also said they signed free-agent goalie Bran­don An­der­son to a three-year en­try-level con­tract.

Afed­eral ap­peals court in New Or­leans re­vived the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion’s in­sider-trad­ing law­suit against Dal­las Mav­er­icks owner Mark Cuban, say­ing it was “plau­si­ble” he had agreed not to sell com­pany stock to avoid a loss af­ter re­ceiv­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion.

The case was sent back to a lower court in Dal­las for fur­ther dis­cov­ery and, if nec­es­sary, a trial. The ap­peals court de­clined to rule on whether Cuban was wrong in sell­ing the stock, say­ing that was a ques­tion for the Dal­las court.

The SEC’s civil law­suit ac­cuses the Dal­las bil­lion­aire of sell­ing shares in the In­ter­net search en­gine com­pany Inc. in 2004, avoid­ing a $750,000 loss af­ter learn­ing the com­pany was go­ing to of­fer stock to pri­vate in­vest­ment com­pa­nies at a dis­counted rate.

The Del Mar Thor­ough­bred Club an­nounced it will re­lease, retroac­tively, ad­di­tional money from its re­cently con­cluded 2010 rac­ing sea­son. Horse­men will soon re­ceive more than $900,000 in ad­di­tional purses.

The 71st Del Mar meet­ing closed with a to­tal han­dle of more than $449 mil­lion and an av­er­age daily han­dle of bet­ter than $12 mil­lion. These num­bers showed a de­cline from 2009 but the track ran fewer races.

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