Williams, Martinez set for November rematch
Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez will fight on Nov. 20 in a rematch of last year’s acclaimed bout.
After several months of on-and-off negotiations, Williams promoter Dan Goossen finalized plans Monday for his fighter to meet Martinez at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, just downstairs from the site of Williams’ contested majority-decision victory in their first meeting Dec. 5.
After failing yet again in his quest to land a welterweight title shot, the versatile Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) accepted an HBO bout for Martinez’s WBC 160-pound title.
Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) stepped in to face Williams last year after Kelly Pavlik twice postponed a mandatory title defense against Williams due to a staph infection, and the ensuing fight was among the most memorable of 2009.
The left-handed fighters traded knockdowns in the first round, and Williams developed a significant cut by the fourth round of a physical fight that included several clashes of heads. Williams earned the victory by throwing more punches and matching Martinez’s speed.
Two judges favored Williams, and the third scored the bout a draw.
Artest auctioning ring in counseling fundraiser
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest said he’s motivated to win another NBA championship because he’s going to auction his ring from last season’s title to raise money for mental health counseling in schools.
Artest said initial plans are to make it a raffle auction so fans everywhere will have a chance to end up with the ring. He said some celebrities and investors have offered him between $50,000 and $100,000 for the ring.
Also: Toronto Raptors rookie forward Ed Davis, the 13th overall pick in the draft, is recovering after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. The team said Davis is expected to be sidelined up to six weeks.
Juergen Klinsmann said he negotiated with the U.S. Soccer Federation for nearly a month to become coach before ending talks when the USSF wouldn’t put his authority in writing.
The USSF rehired Bob Bradley for a second four-year stint after ending talks with Klinsmann, who coached Germany to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup.
"We had conversations, maybe about three or four weeks period of time, and very positive conversations. But we didn’t get it to a positive ending because we couldn’t put into writing what we agreed to verbally," Klinsmann said Sunday on the Kansas City Wizards’ pregame show.
The UNLV men’s golf team shot 6-over 294 in the final round of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, taking fifth at the 18-team event in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Rebels finished at 13-over 877, 16 shots behind winner Colorado-Colorado Springs. Colorado State’s Ryan Peterson won the individual title at 9-under 207.
Derek Ernst (75) led UNLV, tying for 12th at 1-over 217 in the season opener.
Locomotives linebacker Brandon Moore was named the United Football League’s defensive player of the week. Moore had 7½ tackles (six solo), including a sack, in Las Vegas’ 27-20 season-opening loss to Florida at Sam Boyd Stadium.
New York Rangers captain Chris Drury is out for four weeks because of a broken left index finger suffered during a scrimmage. Drury, 34, will likely be sidelined for the entire preseason and at least the regular-season opener at Buffalo on Oct. 9.