Saturday, November 18, 2017
Sports

Sports in brief

RECOMMENDED READING


BOXING

mayweather hints at ending retirement to fight again

Almost a year to the day after his superfight with Manny Pacquiao, former world champion Floyd Mayweather hinted that he might come out of retirement.

In an interview with Showtime on Saturday, Mayweather maintained that he is happily retired but said he has had talks with CBS and Showtime about a possible return to the ring. "You just never know," he said. "But right now, I'm just happy on this side."

Mayweather then was asked what it would take to come back. "As of right now, some crazy numbers have been thrown my way — upwards, of course, of nine figures," he said.

Mayweather, 39, defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision May 2, 2015. He then beat Andre Berto by decision in September to up his career record to 49-0, tying the mark with which heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano retired, the best record for a retiring champion.

The company owned by Mayweather filed for trademarks to "TMT 50" and "TBE 50" on April 21, espn.com reported. Records posted on the U.S. Patent and Trademark website confirm the filings, it said.

"TMT" stands for "The Money Team," and "TBE" stands for "The Best Ever." If Mayweather fights again, it would be the 50th of his career. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe could not be reached for comment, espn.com said.

TENNIS

Third smashed racket puts coda on Dimitrov's loss in Istanbul

Grigor Dimitrov smashed three rackets on his way to losing the Istanbul Open final to Diego Schwartzman on Sunday.

Second seed Dimitrov was one set ahead and 5-2 up in the second before Schwartzman, ranked 87th in the world, fought back to win the his first ATP title 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.

Dimitrov, ranked 29th, lost 11 of the last 12 games of the claycourt match, smashing two rackets along the way. Trailing 5-0 in the third set, he then broke another racket when tied at 40 in the sixth game of the set, resulting in a match-ending third penalty from the referee for breaking a racket.

"I let myself down, I let my team down, I let my family down with that behavior," Dimitrov said.

"I started cramping at 5-2 in the second set. It was very unfortunate that I couldn't close out the match. I have to give credit to Diego."

Madrid Open: Second-seeded Angelique Kerber lost 6-4, 6-2 to Barbora Strycova in the first round of the claycourt tournament in Spain. Kerber, this year's Australian Open champion, hadn't dropped a single set to Strycova in four prior meetings.

ET CETERA

MMA: Conor McGregor is not giving up on his mission to fight at UFC 200. Despite UFC president Dana White saying McGregor will not fight on the card in July after refusing to attend the press tour for the event last month, McGregor went on social media to campaign to get back on the card and get his revenge on Nate Diaz, to whom he lost in a major upset in March. In a profanity-laced post on Instagram, McGregor said nobody cares about the other fights on the UFC 200 card "until this one is settled. … Run it back." Diaz has said he might not fight, either. White said he was looking for an opponent for him.

Times wires

Comments
Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

TAMPA — The firepower showed up in the third period.Yanni Gourde and Ondrej Palat scored 13 seconds apart. Gourde scored again.Suddenly it was a one-goal game, and the Lightning appeared on its way to one of those comeback wins that would be remember...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Lightning journal: Jon Cooper thrilled with stellar start

Lightning journal: Jon Cooper thrilled with stellar start

TAMPA — If you told coach Jon Cooper his team would open the season with wins in 15 of the first 19 games, well, "I’m not sure I can sit here and say I would have predicted that," he said Saturday morning.But the Lightning did just that to lead the N...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosMonster Energy Cup: Ford EcoBoost 4003 p.m.NBCCFLSaskatchewan at Toronto1 p.m.ESPNewsEdmonton at Calgary4:30 p.m.ESPNewsCollege basketballMonmouth at Virginia1 p.m.FSFWomen: Maryland at Connecticut1:30 p.m.ESPNPuerto Rico Tip-Off, fifth pla...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Islanders

Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Islanders

This is what happens when you have the best record in the league: You get the best from the other team. The Islanders came out strong and the Lightning couldn’t match it, falling behind 4-0 early in the third. For the most part, the Lightning has bee...
Updated: 4 hours ago
No. 14 UCF rolls Temple 45-19, heads to War on I-4 unbeaten

No. 14 UCF rolls Temple 45-19, heads to War on I-4 unbeaten

PHILADELPHIA — There were so many reasons for UCF coach Scott Frost to worry about his team’s focus. With a huge game against USF looming, playing an improving Temple team in a stadium where the empty seats outnumbered the filled ones by about a 3-1 ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

TAMPA — In the spring of 2010, one of the biggest debates during the week leading up to the NFL draft was which defensive tackle would be selected first: Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy.Both figured to be highly productive NFL pla...
Updated: 4 hours ago
No. 2 Miami finishes on 30-0 run, tops Virginia 44-28

No. 2 Miami finishes on 30-0 run, tops Virginia 44-28

MIAMI — After Miami clinched the first Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division crown in program history, upset the then-No. 3 team in the country, claimed one of the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings and after many of the nat...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Early Lightning awards: Tough call on MVP

Early Lightning awards: Tough call on MVP

TAMPA — It’s still way early, but if the Lightning’s record start continues, there will be a lot of hardware up for grabs. And we’re not just talking about the Stanley Cup. Nikita Kucherov has league MVP written all over him. Andrei Vasilevskiy coul...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Bucs’ belief in Jameis Winston has been shaken

Bucs’ belief in Jameis Winston has been shaken

TAMPA — Belief is the biggest attribute a quarterback can bring to his team. Belief in his talent. Belief in his commitment to winning. Belief in his ability to bring everyone together and have his voice lead the path forward.But the belief the Bucs ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

After collecting intelligence at last week’s GM meetings, the Rays soon will launch their offseason mission of trading at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll.The question is how far they will go — how many players they deal, and how big of n...
Updated: 4 hours ago