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Sugar Shane Mosley No Match for Pacquiao

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By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Sports –

The boxing world has been hungry for a competitive championship fight.

Welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao dominated Pomona’s Sugar Shane Mosley in a one sided contest by unanimous decision.

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, once again, hosted a premier championship fight between an aging warrior and possibly the best fighter in the world today, Manny Pacquiao.

In recent years, Pacquiao has extinguished the careers of important fighters like Mickey Hatten and Oscar De La Hoya.

He hits you with hand speed and power that no top contender has been able to handle.

The experts gave Sugar Shane a ‘puncher’s chance’, based on his 71 inch reach and unusual power for a welterweight in his prime.

With little warning, Pacquiao unleashes combinations to the head and body with accuracy. He puts the best fighters, on the defensive, from the outset. Saturday night would be no different.

Seemingly ageless Shane Mosley, once known as the fearless welterweight with middleweight power, may have already thrown his best punches. When Pacquiao caught him with speed punches in the third round, Mosley appeared to have no answer.

With nearly 20 years in the ring, Mosley has learned how to stay on his feet and put up a good defense. The future hall of famer did all he could to last 12 rounds with the best puncher in the fight game.

According to Compubox statistics, Shane Mosley landed a mere 22 total power punches. Pacquiao landed an overwhelming 177 power punches of his own! It was the Pacquiao 3rd round knockdown that kept Mosley at a safe distance, beyond effective engaging range.

In the post fight, Mosley yielded to the greatness of Manny Pacquiao, stating that he had never been hit by such exceptional power before.

That was quite a statement for Sugar Shane who has never ducked a fight and is credited with career wins over several great fighters.

By staying on his feet, the Mosley legacy was preserved.

Sugar Shane has never been knocked out. The Las Vegas crowd remained unsatisfied as they had hoped for the battle that never came.

Trainer Freddie Roach (Pacquiao) suggested that Sugar Shane strongly consider ending his career in the ring.

Pointing out that after the knockdown, Mosley was only in survival mode and not a serious opponent for his fighter.

Whatever Shane Mosley decides to do, he will always be known for his relentless training schedule at altitude in Big Bear. Never ducking a fight. Taking on some of the most memorable fighters of all time, against every future hall of famer in the division.

Carter H.S. Shines at SAL Track & Field Championships

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By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Staff –

The San Andreas League’s (SAL) best competed for individual and team honors at San Gorgonio High School.

The hot sun poured onto the track as some long standing records would soon fall.

Beyond the competition of the day, the athletes hoped to qualify for CIF Southern Section meet at Cerritos next weekend.

Cajon High School’s Ayana Gales, despite two leg injuries, was quite impressive as she ran the second leg in the girls 4 x 100 relay, posting a season best 48.49. Gales also finished second in the triple jump with leap of 35’4” and also added a third in the long jump with a 17’1”.

Carter High School’s multitalented Shanice Stewart (New Mexico) was the class of the meet for the girls. Stewart won the long jump with a 17’7”.

the high jump at 5’10”, ran the second leg in the 4 x 100 win and most impressive, won the 100 meters hurdles in 14.6, an SAL meet record that hasn’t been broken in 25 years!

In other events, Carter’s Kwante Ward, won the boys high jump and Carter’s Esteban Aguiano won the 300 hurdles in 39.32. Rialto’s Enrique Lopez won the boys 3200 and Cajon’s Haley Sanner won the 300 hurdles in 44.7 and the 200 in 25.6 In conclusion the fleet footed sprinters from Carter High School won both the boys 4 x 100 (Ward, Sanders, Williams and Coleman) in 43.2. and the 4 x 400. Carter’s Ronjay Budd ran an impressive first leg.

Carter High School won an impressive six total running and field events. Several athletes have qualified for CIF Southern Section Championships at Cerritos College next week.

Bulls Even Series with Hawks, Rose Receives MVP Trophy

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(Reuters) - The Chicago Bulls rebounded from a surprise series-opening defeat to Atlanta with an 86-73 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, leveling their second-round series at 1-1.

After receiving the league's MVP trophy in front of his home crowd, Rose recorded 25 points and 10 assists and seemed to be moving well enough on a twisted left ankle sustained in the previous game. Game Three is on Friday in Atlanta.

"It's going to be a tough series, we just have to find our rhythm. Mine is still coming but my confidence is still high," Rose told reporters after making only 10 of 27 shots.

"I'm good (physically). I just missed shots that I normally hit."

The Hawks trailed by 14 points midway through the fourth quarter but trimmed the lead to 77-71 with 4:16 remaining.

Chicago then went on a 6-0 run to put the game away.

Atlanta's Jeff Teague, who played little in the first round but is starting in place of the injured Kirk Hinrich, led the visitors with 21 points.

Joe Johnson added 16 after dropping 34 in the series opener, and the Hawks shot just 33 percent.

Chicago's Joakim Noah had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Mt. Sac Relays Keeps Its Promise

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53 Years After its Inception, Mt. Sac Relays still brings the world's best athletes together

By Gary Montgomery, Staff Writer –

On April 25, 1959, the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees fulfilled Hilmer Lodge’s dream of building a state-of-the art track and field facility so that he could host a world class event on the West Coast. Hilmer’s plan was to create an event that would rival such classic events as the Drake and Penn Relays on the East Coast. The track was considered to be one of the fastest all-weather tracks in the world when construction was completed. Built with a running surface composed of volcanic ash, clay and diatomaceous earth.

Hilmer’s dream event included opening the competition to prep and collegiate level athletes. He also wanted to showcase post graduate, club and open athletes to compete as well. On that cold and windy day in April 53 years ago the legendary event took life and a major track and field event was born on the West Coast, strikingly different from other major events and completely unique unto itself.

Over time, The Relays became an international event hosting athletes from as many as 20 nations seeking world class competition. There were more than 850 high school, community college, college and club athletes competing in 56 different events later ballooning to 139 events and more than 3000 athletes.

On two occasions, the US Olympic Teams used the Relays as its training and trials site, 1960 and 1964. In 1968, it was one of two official trials sites. In 1986, The Relays, with a grant from The Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles expanded its program to include two special AAF-Mt. Sac Youth Days.

The greatest athletes in the world have passed through the gates at Mt. Sac and gone on to Olympic and world success.

Mt. Sac is currently home to more than 20 standing world records. It is holding strong against the weight of economic pressures and still bringing out the best the area and the world has to offer.

One of the great attributes of the Mt. Sac Relays is the unique opportunity it presents for prep athletes to compete against the best of their peers on the same stage with the top professional athletes in the world.

This year’s meet, although showing obvious signs of the time provided the same level of competitive intensity.

Local high schools competing included Corona Centennial, Riverside Poly, Colony, Carter and M.L. King. Over 75 Southern Section schools entered at least one participant.

Rialto Carter high school participating at Mt. Sac for the first time ran a school record 3:26:0 in the 4 x 100 meter relay. Perennial powerhouse Long Beach Poly and Gardena Serra set the stage for the upcoming CIF battle posting record times in most of the relays events.

The Mt. Sac Relays have showcased hundreds of Olympic, collegiate and prep athletes during its history.

The list is too numerous to mention. It has contributed immensely to Olympic development and the advancement of the sport. And most of all it has placed the premier West Coast Track and Field event in our back yard so that we can continue to have the opportunity to see the best athletes the world has to offer.

Gmontgomery can be reached at sports@blackvoicenews.com

Newton Widely Expected to Be Top Pick in NFL Draft

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(Reuters) - For passionate fans of the National Football League, the annual draft of college players has always been celebrated as something of a cross between Halloween and Christmas.

This year's restocking of teams with college players begins Thursday and poses a unique element of trick or treat for players and fans, who often come to the Radio City Music Hall draft extravaganza dressed in team uniforms.

Top prospects such as quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus of Alabama and linebacker Von Miller of Texas A&M are sure to go early in the first round, but to which team is not the only suspense in this draft.

Due to a contentious labor dispute between team owners and NFL players that has spilled into the courts, it is not clear when the Class of 2011 will join their new teams and if there will be games for them to play in this year.

They may also not know for some time what kind of salary they will command from their NFL teams.

"This is one of the most unusual drafts of all time," former Dallas Cowboys personnel chief Gil Brandt, now a senior analyst for NFL.com, told Reuters on Wednesday at a charity event where prospective draftees led inner-city youngsters through football drills.

Brandt believes the uncertainty surrounding the draft extended to the evaluation of players. At present, teams have been unable to sign free agents, leaving them unsure about what needs they might want to address through the draft.

"There's a lot of good players and a lot of difference of opinion on the players," said Brandt. "And because of free agency (questions), you don't know what you're going to get or when you'll get it."

In any event, Heisman Trophy winner Newton, a strapping, strong-armed quarterback, was widely expected to be taken by the Carolina Panthers with the first pick of the draft, with Dareus and Miller soon to follow in the first round.

"I'm a believer that Cam Newton is going to be a very good football player," added Brandt. "If I had my choice that's who I would take."

LEADING TARGETS

Other leading targets for NFL teams include wide receiver Julio Jones of Alabama, quarterback Blaine Gabbert of Missouri and cornerback Patrick Peterson of LSU.

The draft among the 32 NFL teams will be conducted over three days with the first round held on Thursday, rounds two and three on Friday and the last four selected on Saturday.

There will be 254 selections in all, including 32 compensatory choices awarded to 16 teams that lost quality free agents last year.

Michael Lombardi, an NFL Network broadcaster and former NFL personnel chief for the Eagles, Raiders and Browns, said the draft featured a wide assortment of quality defensive linemen and a lot of quarterbacks who could go in the first round.

"As for quarterbacks, I think there's a few that deserve to be taken in the first round and some others that might benefit from supply and demand, the urgency that teams have to get a quarterback," Lombardi told Reuters.

Besides Newton and Gabbert, other signal callers that could hear their names called early include Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, Andy Dalton of Texas Christian University and Christian Ponder of Florida State.

"There's a residual value that gets placed on a quarterback that rises them to a level that perhaps is not perhaps where they should get drafted," said Lombardi.

"The quarterback is always paid the most in the round and he's going to go earlier in the round. I think people have the belief they would rather be 15 picks early than one pick too late."

(Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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