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Sports in brief: WBO to investigate Pacquiao-Bradley bout


WBO to review Pacquiao Upset

One of boxing's major sanctioning bodies will review Timothy Bradley's controversial split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao, the first step toward what promoter Bob Arum hopes will be "clarity" in the judging of the fight.

WBO president Francisco Valcarcel said Wednesday that his championship committee will review video with five "recognized international judges" and make a recommendation.

Most reporters at ringside and the majority of fans at the MGM Grand arena Saturday believed Pacquiao had defended his welterweight title.

Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, while Duane Ford and C.J. Ross had it for Bradley by the same score.

"The public saw the fight and they're outraged, and we need clarity here," Arum said.

Mayweather Denied: Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s demand that he be released from jail because the poor quality of the food and water has threatened his health was denied by Las Vegas judge Melissa Saragosa. He is serving three months after pleading guilty to domestic battery.


U.S. leads group despite draw

Host Guatemala scored in the 83rd minute on a free kick and the United States settled for a 1-1 draw in World Cup semifinal round qualifying late Tuesday.

The United States (1-0-1) tops Group A of North and Central America and the Caribbean on goal difference over Jamaica (1-0-1), which tied 0-0 tie at Antigua and Barbuda.

Clint Dempsey had put the U.S. ahead, but Marco Pappa converted after a foul.

Russia fined: UEFA fined the Russian association $150,000 because its fans attacked stadium stewards at a European Championship match last week in Poland. UEFA also gave the federation a suspended six-point deduction, meaning Russia could be deducted six points in its qualifying group for the next European Championship if its fans turn violent again at Euro 2012. Russia can appeal.

EC play: Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 and Portugal topped Denmark 3-2.

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Autos: The IndyCar race in China scheduled for Aug. 19 was officially canceled because Qing-dao officials, under a deadline, did not want the event to coincide with the city's beer festival, and they could not move the date or location.

Cycling: Andy Schleck, the 2010 Tour de France champion, pulled out of this year's race because of a spine injury he suffered last week. He said he still hopes to compete in the London Olympics. "My world fell apart," he said.

Horse racing: Kentucky racing regulators approved a ban on the race-day use of the antibleeding drug furosemide, making it the first state in the nation to do so. The proposed regulation would be phased in beginning with 2-year-old horses in graded or listed stakes in 2014. The measure needs approval from state lawmakers.

Tennis: American Andy Roddick was ousted from the grasscourt tournament at Queen's Club in London, losing to Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. … Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone and defending champion Sabine Lisicki were upset in the at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England.

Times wires

Sports in brief: WBO to investigate Pacquiao-Bradley bout 06/13/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:06pm]
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