Porter defeats Broner

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS -

Shawn Porter beat Adrien Broner in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in a key wel­ter weight matchup in Las Ve­gas.

The judges scored the fight 114-112, 115-111 and 118108,for Porter (26-1-1, 16 knock­outs), who got off to a strong start and held on af­ter Broner knocked him down in the fi­nal round. Broner (30-2, 22KOs) had a point de­ducted late in the 11th round af­ter mul­ti­ple warn­ings for hold­ing Porter down.

In the co-main event, un­de­feated for­mer Olympian Er­rol Spence (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a third-round tech­ni­cal knock­out over Phil Lo Greco.

Ar­gentina de­feated Ja­maica, 1-0, in Vina Del Mar, Chile, in Lionel Messi’s 100th game with the na­tional soc­cer team, se­cur­ing first place in its Copa Amer­ica group. Gon­zalo Higuain scored in the 11th minute for Ar­gentina, which had al­ready earned a spot in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the South Amer­i­can tour­na­ment.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Uruguay and Paraguay tied, 1-1, in La Ser­ena, Chile, and both ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Brazil said it would ap­peal Ney­mar’s four-game sus­pen­sion that rules him out of the rest of the Copa Amer­ica.

A CONMEBOL dis­ci­plinary panel ruled on Fri­day that he­must sit out four games for his con­duct in a1-0 loss to Colom­bia on Wed­nes­day, when hewas sent off af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle. He was also fined $10,000.

Ney­mar was red-carded af­ter ap­par­ently kick­ing the ball to­ward Colom­bia’s Pablo Armero. He also ap­peared to head-butt another player who came to con­front him.

An in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion found for­mer At­lanta Hawks gen­eral man­ager Danny Ferry was not mo­ti­vated by racial bias in mak­ing state­ments that ul­ti­mately ended his time with the team.

Alet­ter sum­ma­riz­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the At­lanta lawfirm Al­ston& Bird was ob­tained by the As­so­ci­ated Press, aswas a let­ter from Hawks co-owner Todd Fore­manto Ferry.

The Hawks agreed to a buy­out of the fi­nal two years of Ferry’s con­tract Fri­day. Ferry spent this sea­son on an in­def­i­nite leave of ab­sence fol­low­ing his deroga­tory com­ments about po­ten­tial free agent Luol Deng.

Al­ston & Bird part­ner Bernard Tay­lor said in the let­ter the re­view of more than 24,000 doc­u­ments and 19 in­ter­views pro­vided no ev­i­dence of “neg­a­tive bias to­ward Mr. Deng, his race or his coun­try of ori­gin.”

Cham­pi­onship leader Lewis Hamil­ton will start the Aus­trian Grand Prix fromthe pole po­si­tion Sun­day af­ter edg­ing his Mercedes team­mate Nico Ros­berg in a spec­tac­u­lar end to qual­i­fy­ing. The de­fend­ing cham­pion waited un­til his fi­nal try to clock a best lap of 1minute 8.455 sec­onds to beat Ros­berg’s lead­ing mark by 0.20 sec­onds.

Stel­lar Wind won the $200,000 Sum­mer­time Oaks by a nose un­der Triple Crown-win­ning jockey Vic­tor Espinoza at Santa Anita.

The 3-year-old daugh­ter of Curlin ran 11/16 miles in1:42.53 to re­main un­de­feated in three starts at the track. Stel­lar Wind paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10 as the heavy 2-5 fa­vorite.

Tara’s Tango re­turned $3.80 and $2.80 in her graded stakes de­but un­der Hall of Famer Mike Smith, while Con­quest Curl girl was another 31⁄4 lengths back in third and paid $3.60 to show.

Michael Phelps won the 200 but­ter­fly at the Arena Pro Se­ries at Santa Clara, Calif. Phelps last won a 200 fly race at the 2012 Olympic tri­als and de­clared he would not re­turn to the event when he came out of re­tire­ment last year.

Phelps swam his first200 fly, since earn­ing a sil­ver medal in Lon­don, last month in Char­lotte, fin­ish­ing sev­enth in 2:00.77.

Still the world record holder in the event, Phelps seems de­ter­mined to re­cap­ture the glory of the event that vaulted him into promi­nence at the 2000 Olympics.

Hewon on Satur­day in1:57.62, six sec­onds slower than his record time in Rome in 2009 but three sec­onds faster than last month.

Bet­tye Rivers, the mother of Clip­pers Coach Doc Rivers and grand­mother of guard Austin Rivers, died Fri­day in Illi­nois af­ter bat­tling sev­eral se­ri­ous and lengthy ill­nesses, ac­cord­ing to a Clip­pers spokesman.

— Ben Bolch

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