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Ward-Pavlik bout delayed

WBC and WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward's title defense against Kelly Pavlik scheduled for Jan. 26 was postponed after Ward injured his right shoulder while sparring last week. An MRI exam revealed no damage.

"But there was a lot of swelling and inflammation," said Ward's promoter, Dan Goossen, who hopes to hold the fight Feb. 23.

The entire card was postponed. It included Cristobal Arreola-Bermane Stiverne, the winner challenging WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko.

Et cetera

Golf: Shanshan Feng had eight birdies to shoot 7-under 65 and take the second-round lead at the Dubai Ladies Masters in the United Arab Emirates. She was at 13-under 131, four better than Felicity Johnson (67) and five better than Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (69).

Soccer: The 2020 European Championship will be played throughout the continent. Europe's governing body believes the demands are too much for one or two countries during a prolonged economic downturn. Specifics will be determined in the spring of 2014.

Mixed martial arts: Ronda Rousey, a judo bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympics, was named the UFC's 135-pound women's champ, and the organization said she will face Liz Carmouche in its first ever women's fight Feb. 23.

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Sports in brief 12/06/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:17am]
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