pacquiao sets DEC. 8 rematch with marquez
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Three compelling fights in the past eight years still haven't resolved the rivalry between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. So they're stepping in the ring for a fourth bout Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw in 2004, and Pacquiao won by decision in '08 and last year. Marquez, 39, and many fans believe he won all three fights; Pacquiao, 33, says he clearly won the past two.
"I want to erase the doubt of the last three fights," Pacquiao said. "There's so many people still asking if I won the fights. I think to myself, 'Something is wrong. I have to do it again.' … I want to make this fight short. I want to knock him out."
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com he is guaranteeing Pacquiao $23 million for the fight.
Crew chief Eury Jr. out at JR Motorsports
JR Motorsports parted ways Monday with crew chief Tony Eury Jr., 10 days after his father was ousted as competition director. Eury Jr. was crew chief for Danica Patrick and is a partial owner of the Nationwide Series team.
"I had hoped he would be here for a long time, but as we've discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it was clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome," said Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of four owners of the team.
JR Motorsports on Sept. 7 released Tony Eury Sr. as competition director.
Love: Ryder Cup will look like a major
U.S. captain Davis Love III wanted Medinah set up to favor the Americans next week in the Ryder Cup, and he kept to a simple philosophy.
The rough is down. The speed of the greens is up.
"It's going to look like a major championship because Medinah is a big, old golf course, with big trees and obviously big tents," Love said. "It's going to look like a major, but it's going to play probably easier than a major. That benefits our team. We're a long-hitting, freewheeling, fun-to-watch team. And I think it's going to be fun to watch."
Play begins Sept. 28 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.
Horses: Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. asked New York's top court to overturn his 10-year ban by the state Racing and Wagering Board, citing civil rights issues. Dutrow, who trained Big Brown to Derby and Preakness wins in 2008, was refused a license to race in Kentucky last year.
WNBA: Maya Moore made five her six 3-pointers in the third to tie Diana Taurasi's WNBA record for 3s in a quarter and had a career-high 29 points in host Minnesota's 86-79 victory over Indiana.
Tennis: Tampa's James Blake beat wild card Albano Olivetti 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) despite giving up 19 aces in the first round of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. Blake won 86 percent of points on first serve.