Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sports in Brief: Pacquiao set to fight Clottey

While Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s camp believes his prospective bout with Manny Pacquiao can be saved, Pacquiao's promoter said yesterday he is moving on.

After six weeks of contentious negotiations failed to produce a compromise on Mayweather's insistence on stringent drug testing for the bout, Pacquiao has made plans to fight welterweight Joshua Clottey in mid-March, Top Rank boss Bob Arum told the Associated Press.

GOLF: Jack Nicklaus said he believes this is a big year for Tiger Woods to get closer to his record 18 major championships, because three majors are held on courses where Woods has won.

Woods has taken an indefinite leave while he copes with a personal crisis involving extramarital affairs. No one knows when he will return, even with a major rotation that features Augusta National, Pebble Beach, and St. Andrews. Woods has won 14 majors, with half of them coming on those three courses.

Nicklaus said, "If Tiger is going to pass my record, this is a big year for him."

Elsewhere: U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover was at 15-under 131, 3 shots ahead of John Rollins midway through the SBS Championship at Kapalua Resort in Kapalua, Hawaii. Sean O'Hair, who lives in West Chester, was 4 back. . . . Trevor Fisher Jr. of South Africa had a 1-stroke lead over Patrik Sjoland of Sweden, at 14-under 132, after the second round of the African Open at East London Golf Club in South Africa.

COLLEGES: Rutgers sophomore Greg Echenique, a basketball center from Venezuela, has been given a release to transfer. He had season-ending surgery last month to repair a detached retina.

Dartmouth men's basketball coach Terry Dunn resigned after five-plus seasons and a 47-103 record, on the eve of the Big Green's Ivy League opener at Harvard.

Philadelphia U. promoted assistant John DiMeglio to baseball coach. He replaces Mark Jackson, who was hired last month as the coach at West Chester.

A week after the Flyers met the Bruins at Boston's Fenway Park for the NHL Winter Classic, college hockey took its turn last night. Boston University beat rival Boston College, 3-2.

A sellout crowd of 38,472 watched the game.

Earlier in the day, New Hampshire beat Northeastern, 5-3, to break the ice with a women's game.

Akron's Teal Bunbury won the Hermann Trophy as the top college men's soccer player in the country. The women's trophy went to Stanford's Kelley O'Hara.

Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl dismissed forward Tyler Smith from the team, a week after his arrest with three other players on misdemeanor gun and drug charges in Knoxville.

WINTER SPORTS: World silver medalist Patrick Chan has split with coach Don Laws on the eve of the Canadian championships and a month before the Olympics in Vancouver.

Chan will be coached at his nationals and the Vancouver Games by choreographer Lori Nichol and technical adviser Christy Krall, who has worked with Chan since May.

Two-time overall World Cup champion Bode Miller will try to earn a spot in the Olympic giant slalom when he returns to racing today in Adelboden, Switzerland, after a three-week injury break for a swollen ankle.

He already has earned Olympic berths in downhill and super-G.

TENNIS: Andy Roddick won't play on the U.S. Davis Cup team this year, hoping to avoid more knee problems by cutting down on the number of times he changes court surfaces.

Top-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland was upset by Russian Nikolay Davydenko, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Qatar Open in Doha.


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