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Sports in brief: Boxer Chisora expresses remorse for brawl after loss


chisora remorseful for postfight brawl

LONDON — Dereck Chisora apologized "wholeheartedly" Monday for the brawl with David Haye that followed his loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.

Haye blamed Chisora for the clash that followed his fellow Londoner's defeat in Munich and the beaten challenger has acknowledged that the violence at the post-bout news conference marred the biggest night of his career.

"Whilst my behavior was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over," Chisora said. "Despite all of this, the bottom line is I have let my family, my team and — worst of all — the sport I love down.

"I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation."

Chisora, who was questioned by German police and is being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control, did not say what provoked him to descend from the top table and confront Haye.

Former WBA champion Haye had been at the news conference trying to taunt Klitschko into agreeing to a bout this year. Haye also waved three fingers at Chisora, indicating that his compatriot had just suffered the third loss of his 18-fight professional career.


Hard-serving Ljubicic pushed to three sets

Ivan Ljubicic hit 27 aces but needed three sets to beat Florent Serra 6-4, 6-7 (7-3), 6-3 and reach the second round of the Open 13 in Marseille, France.

The seventh seed broke for a 4-2 lead in the final set.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin downed Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), advancing to a matchup against Flavio Cipolla, who stunned eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Copa Claro: Kei Nishikori reached the second round in Buenos Aires, Argentina, beating former No. 1-ranked Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Fernando Gonzalez, who will retire next month, advanced after Albert Montanes retired with a hip injury. Gonzalez was leading 7-5, 1-0.

et cetera

Horses: Castaway and Secret Circle, Bob Baffert-trained horses, won both divisions of the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Rafael Bejarano rode both horses in the mile Derby prep race, which was split into two divisions after 21 horses were entered.

NFL: The Chiefs agreed to terms on a $19.6 million, three-year deal with cornerback Stanford Routt. The deal includes a $4 million signing bonus and $6 million the first season, the Associated Press reported.

Olympics: Qatar says it will send female athletes to the Games for the first time in London, swimmer Nada Arkaji and sprinter Noor al-Malki.

Times wires

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