Trojans win 16-inning game at Washington to tie series

first_imgAfter battling 16 innings in what was the longest recorded game in the history of USC baseball,  the Trojans (21-6) managed to defeat the Washington Huskies 3-2 after a scoreless game through the 16th inning, tying the series at 1-1.USC earned this impressive win at Huskie Stadium after suffering a disappointing loss the night before, falling 5-1 as the Trojans failed to find their offense.During Friday’s game, the Trojans were held to just one run for the first time all year. The Trojans got on board in the third inning as junior AJ Ramirez led off the inning with a double to right field. Redshirt sophomore Reggie Southall offered a sacrifice bunt, and then Ramirez came home on an RBI single from redshirt sophomore Bobby Stahel.After gaining an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third, the Trojans allowed the five subsequent Husky runs to go unanswered. The Huskies came away with the game during the bottom of the sixth when shortstop Chris Baker smacked a first-pitch homerun out to left field, bringing in three runs and putting the Huskies in the 5-1 lead.Trojan reliever junior Brooks Kriske entered to relieve starter junior Brent Wheatley (2-1) with one out and a runner on third and was able to make two outs without any further damage.On Saturday, the Trojans once again struggled to get hot behind the plate before rallying in the top of the 16th inning, highlighted by a key single from sophomore Corey Dempster that gave the Trojans the 1-0 lead. Junior Timmy Robinson then followed with a two RBI single that put USC in a 3-0 lead. These three runs were essential, given the Huskies threatened a comeback in the bottom of the inning with a   two-run homer from infielder Brandon Bishop to pull within one.Despite the Trojans’ inability to score runs through the majority of the game, head coach Dan Hubbs believes today’s win displays the tenacity and resilience of his team.“Coming out with [Saturday’s] win really shows the resolve of this team,” Hubbs said. “We had a tough loss [Friday] and we had to scrape and claw to get the win. We didn’t have the best offensive game, we hit some balls that didn’t fall and it would’ve been really easy to get frustrated. It shows a lot of mental toughness to fight through offensive problems.”The Trojan defense, which has seen some problems so far this season, really stepped up during Saturday’s match to hold the Huskies to zero runs through 16 innings. Junior starter Kyle Twomey went seven complete innings, striking out four and stranding multiple Husky runners to keep them off the board.Hubbs echoes the fact that his defense managed to compensate for a less than impressive offensive showing.“So far this season our defense has been able to slide a little bit because we’ve been able to put a good number of runs of the board, but that wasn’t the case on [Saturday] and it says a lot that our guys were able to respond to the challenge,” Hubbs said. “Blake Lacey made two really huge defensive plays that basically saved the game. The game says a lot of what we’re capable of defensively.”Junior Tyler Gilbert threw two scoreless innings for the Trojans before giving way to junior Marc Hubberman, who threw the first one, two, three inning of the game in the 12th for the Trojans and threw a career-high 6.2 innings with five strikeouts.Given the Trojans’ trouble with the bullpen coming through and preventing runs so far this season, both Friday and Saturday’s games reflect improvement and resolve.“Between Gilbert and Hubberman, there was basically a complete game threw by the relievers,” Hubbs said. “For the rest of the season, I think we’re really going to need more of what we saw this weekend. We just need to keep improving in the pen and continue to do a good job like we have this weekend.”Hubbs believes that to carry on the Trojans’ success in the weeks ahead, the team needs to continue to push themselves on offense.“We need to do a better job of getting pitches to hit and executing,” Hubbs said. “Conditions were tough this past week with a ton of wind and the guys were trying to do much with the ball and were then unable to get on base. If we can do a better job of being able to fight through difficult conditions, we’ll be able to keep securing wins.”The Trojans return to Dedeaux Field on Tuesday to host the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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Smith: Kohl continues to shape Wisconsin’s basketball landscape

first_imgWhat’s the first thing you would do with $550 million? Travel the world? Pay off your student loans? Buy sodas for everyone? Odds are saving an NBA franchise would be near the bottom of that list. But for Senator Herb Kohl, it was a no-brainer. The man who has been at the forefront of basketball philanthropy in the state of Wisconsin for more than three decades made his latest move to ensure that the NBA stays in Milwaukee.Kohl, the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks since 1985, announced the sale of Wisconsin’s NBA franchise last week to hedge fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $550 million.After months of speculation about a potential sale of the Bucks, Kohl wound up selling the Milwaukee franchise for more than 30 times his initial investment of $18 million three decades ago.But as Kohl has demonstrated during his entire tenure as the Bucks’ owner, owning the team wasn’t about the money, it’s always been about keeping basketball in Wisconsin and in the city of Milwaukee. That is why he bought the team and that is why he sold the team.“Being part of the effort to bring the NBA franchise here originally and then keeping it here has been a big part of my adult life,” Kohl said in a press conference Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. “I have owned the Bucks for more than 29 years and our fans, our business partners and my colleagues at the Bucks have been on my mind and in my heart everyday. So I hope you understand why this process was and is so important to me and why I was not going to make a move unless I was convinced that it was the right one.”With first-year NBA commissioner Adam Silver threatening to move the Bucks to Seattle if plans for a new arena were not in place by 2017, Kohl felt the pressure to bring in new investors or potentially new majority owners for the franchise. He found that in Edens and Lasry. But to ensure that new era of the Bucks got off on the right foot and their roots stayed firmly planted in Milwaukee, Kohl took part of his wealth and donated $100 million to be put toward a new facility for the organization.That’s right, after selling the franchise, the first thing the former senator did was stick $100 million right back into it. But it was for the good of basketball in the state of Wisconsin. Without it, Milwaukee’s chances at securing a new arena would be much more bleak.Of course this isn’t the first time Kohl has made a generous donation in the name of basketball. No, it’s no coincidence that the University of Wisconsin’s basketball arena is named the Kohl Center. The Wisconsin alum donated $25 million for the construction of the basketball arena that would be named in his honor.The difference this time is that the cost is four times as high and there won’t be a Kohl Center South, as his name will not be attached to the new arena. He won’t allow it.“They said they wanted to name (the Kohl Center) after me; I said, ‘Fine.’ Here it’s different,” Kohl told the Milwaukee Business Journal. “I’m making a pure gift. There’s no return from it financially.”“If they named it after me, they would be forgoing naming rights money. And I wouldn’t do that because they need that money. So, no, it’s not going to be.”While the moves Kohl made during his time as owner to the Bucks may have left some fans scratching their heads, or worse, it cannot be denied that without Kohl the landscape of basketball in Wisconsin would much different. The Bucks may have moved to Seattle, Las Vegas or Louisville, Ky., a long time ago and the Kohl Center wouldn’t exist.Sure, the Bucks were terrible this year, were named as the least valuable franchise in the NBA by Forbes earlier this year and were last in attendance this season. OK, it sounds a little bad when I write it all out for you, but the Bucks are important to Milwaukee and to Wisconsin. The franchise owns a rich tradition that others could only dream about. With names like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson and Ray Allen once donning a Milwaukee uniform, the Bucks have and will mean a lot to this state.So, while Kohl’s generosity may fall on deaf ears at a time when the Milwaukee Bucks’ popularity isn’t exactly skyrocketing, it doesn’t diminish what he has done for the franchise and for the state. So here’s to you, Senator Kohl, it’s been a hell of a ride.last_img read more

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Women’s lacrosse falls to Stony Brook

first_imgStony Brook started off the game strong, scoring 4 quick goals within the first five minutes of play, with assists from Stony Brook senior attacker Sara Moeller on each. In the first half, all 6 of the Seawolves’ goals were assisted. A variety of Trojans got in on the scoring during this comeback. Redshirt junior attacker Amanda Flayhan scored off of freshman midfielder Erin Bakes’ assist. USC opened the second half strong, executing perfectly on a play that ended with this season’s points leader, sophomore midfielder Kelsey Huff, scoring a quick goal right off of the first draw in the second half. With two minutes remaining in the game, Huff brought USC within one point with a shot that hit the upper right corner and shook the net. A Concialdi free position goal started yet another scoring run for USC when sophomore attacker Sophia Donovan scored her first goal of the day. Junior attacker Izzy McMahon runs past defenders against Cal March 23 at McAlister Field. Statistically, the game was even, with USC having a 14-9 advantage on the draw. The only category Stony Brook had an advantage in was 11 saves to USC’s six.   Despite opportunities down the stretch to tie the game, USC’s offense couldn’t execute. Throughout the season, especially in games against ranked teams, the offense has failed to produce consistently. Despite this momentum, Stony Brook fought back. After USC went up by 1 goal, the Seawolves responded with 4 consecutive scores. USC traveled across the country to face No. 20 Stony Brook in an out-of-conference game late in the season and fell 10-12, bringing USC to a 13-3 record just one game before the end of the regular season. In both this game and the loss to Colorado, USC’s offense struggled early placing the team in comeback mode the whole game. Senior attacker Emily Concialdi finally put the Trojans on the board with just under 18 minutes left in the first half, but Stony Brook refused to relinquish their momentum. The Seawolves scored 2 more goals to extend the first half lead to 5. USC lost the ensuing draw control, and Stony Brook called a timeout to discuss how they wanted to run the clock down. Coming out of the timeout, Stony Brook junior midfielder Ally Kennedy caught Hertford out of the goal, ran around two USC defenders and put Stony Brook back up by 2. Sophomore goalie Riley Hertford had six saves on the day. Although it was not her best statistical game, she came up big in crucial moments. Hertford ultimately made the saves and caused the turnovers needed to give her offense an opportunity to tie the game. The Trojans will have to regroup before Saturday when they host Arizona State in their last match before the Pac-12 tournament. USC’s defense seemed to have no means of stopping Stony Brook’s attack. Stony Brook looked like the better team offensively, with USC only getting one shot off before they found themselves in a 0-4 hole. This was the final score of the game as USC was unable to get another shot off. This game marked the first time USC allowed an opponent to score over 10 goals since facing Virginia Tech in early March. In the final stretch of the first half, USC methodically brought themselves back into the game. The Trojans were down 1-6 when Concialdi scored her second goal of the game off a free position. USC rattled off 5 unanswered goals in under seven minutes. last_img read more

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Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 results: Joshua delivers boxing clinic to reclaim heavyweight belts

first_imgFilip Hrgovic def. Eric Molina by third-round KOHeavyweight “The first time was so nice, I had to do it twice,” Joshua exclaimed in the ring. “I just wanted to put on a great master’s class.”He added: “Sometimes with certain fighters, you have to box smarter as well. I understand what Andy brings to the table, so you have to decapitate him in another way.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearJoshua then evoked Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s mantra by reminding fans that boxing is about hitting and not getting hit.Well, he did that to near perfection Saturday, using his left jab to keep Ruiz at bay. Joshua, who came in 10 pounds lighter, combined the jab with great movement with his feet, which further frustrated Ruiz.The defeated Ruiz said it was Joshua’s night, but admitted he didn’t do his best job preparing for this bout, entering the rematch 15 pounds heavier.”I don’t think I prepared as I should’ve,” said Ruiz, attempting to rile up cause for a trilogy fight. “I gained too much weight.”Joshua, behind the jab and bounce in his step, didn’t allow the pressuring Ruiz to mount any damaging offense, as Ruiz’s fast hands, but also slow feet were on full display.Here’s how the entire “Clash on the Dunes” card went (all times Eastern):Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 highlightsAndy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 round-by-round results5:10 p.m.: There it is: Joshua crowned two-time unified world heavyweight champion. He wins by unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110 and 119-109).#TwoTimeChamp#RuizJoshua2 #ClashOnTheDunes pic.twitter.com/vHCQysDXDj— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) December 7, 2019Round 12: Massive right hand detonated from Joshua and he’s right back to sticking and moving. Ruiz has had no answers for AJ. Ruiz swinging and missing. Ruiz telling Joshua to fight in the middle of the ring, but it’s way too late for that. Joshua dominated and should cruise to the win to become a two-time world champ. (10-9 Joshua, 118-110 Joshua)Round 11: This has to be extremely frustrating for Ruiz, who is working hard to get inside, but is being held at bay due to Joshua’s jab and movement. Here comes the final round. Ruiz has to throw everything he has to have a shot. (10-9 Joshua, 108-101 Joshua)Last round coming up! 👑 #RuizJoshua2 #ClashOnTheDunes pic.twitter.com/50CGbOd3tA— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) December 7, 20195 p.m.: Joshua in complete control.Round 10: Joshua’s snapping jab has been a thing of boxing beauty this fight, as he banks another round with that as his main weapon and his feet dancing around and handling the rest. The 10 pounds Joshua lost and the 15 lbs. Ruiz gained since their original fight also is on clear display here, as Joshua is the one with bounce in his step. Ruiz … is not. And AJ is letting Ruiz know about it. (10-9 Joshua, 98-92 Joshua) Joshua jaws at Ruiz at the end of Round 10 😯#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/fJ52G28hSs— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 2019 Round 9: Ruiz stalking and walking down Joshua, who snaps Ruiz’ head back yet again with that left jab. That same weapon snaps the champ’s head back yet again seconds later. Ruiz lands a powerful hook moments later, but AJ smiles it off, which usually means it hurt. Still, Joshua takes the round. And you’ve got to expect Ruiz to apply 100 percent pressure in the next round. (10-9 Joshua, 88-83 Joshua)Round 8: Ruiz hits Joshua behind the head. The ref warns them and Ruiz seems to mouth “I’m sorry” to Joshua, who’s noticeably irked. But here comes Ruiz applying pressure and landing shots. Ruiz pushes Joshua when the challenger is trying to hold. Joshua has had success on the outside, pumping the jab. The inside in the phone booth with Ruiz is where AJ will walk into trouble. (10-9 Ruiz, 78-74 Joshua)Whenever Joshua starts exchanging his team behind me yells “NO! Keep it simple.” This is truly a “just win, baby” fight for Joshua. And he’s just winning.— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) December 7, 2019Round 7: Joshua lands a stiff right hook, but it leaves himself open to Ruiz. Joshua escapes any damage, but has got to be careful to not stray away from this strategy and gamble because it could leave himself open to a heavy shot from the “Destroyer.” (10-9 Joshua, 69-64 Joshua)4:45 p.m.: Joshua is putting on a boxing clinic.Round 6: Joshua evades a brief flurry and sticks his tongue out to mock Ruiz and then lands a right hand. A strong left hook blasts Ruiz, as the champ goes into the clinch. The champ, who is 16 pounds heavier than he was in their first fight, hasn’t been able to plant his feet and sit on a punch yet due to Joshua keeping him at bay with his jab. It has been all Joshua halfway through this “Clash on the Dunes.” (10-9 Joshua, 59-55 Joshua)Halfway.#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/GrYezzfsX6— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 2019Round 5: Joshua is really chipping away at Ruiz with that jab that the champ has been eating, while continuing to move forward. A nice right hand and then back to that left hook for AJ. Joshua is showing incredible patience and discipline, but you’ve got to wonder how he’ll respond when Ruiz mashes the dash with his pressure, which he hasn’t done at full throttle just yet. (10-9 Joshua, 49-46 Joshua)Round 4: Joshua’s left jab has been his best weapon thus far, as he nails Ruiz with it again. But here comes the champ, applying pressure and piecing together a combination. A short right hook lands for Ruiz, before he digs a left to the body. Joshua returns fire with that crisp hand, but Ruiz lands a chopping right hook and the champ punches in the clinch. The champ takes this round. (10-9 Ruiz, 39-37 Joshua)4:30 p.m.: Joshua is moving exceptionally well. Can he keep it up for 12 rounds if need be?Round 3: A hard jab from Ruiz looked to be the culprit for Joshua’s cut as the replays seemed to show. Joshua boxing beautifully so far, snapping Ruiz’s head back by flicking that left jab and using that to find the confidence to use his reach to wrap around a left hook to the body. Plus, he’s making Ruiz miss with his movement. A fairly quiet third round in comparison to the third round of their original fight. (10-9 Joshua, 30-27 Joshua)Round 2: Joshua moving smoothly around the ring, landing a strong left jab that snaps Ruiz’s head back. Moments later, he adds a hook and yet another jab. Joshua has blood over his left eye as well, although it’s unclear as to what shot caused it because he’s in control early on here. Both fighters land a straight left coming in at the 10-second mark. (10-9 Joshua, 20-18 Joshua)Round 1: Joshua showing a nice bounce and spring on his feet, feinting and trying to pump the jab. A left hook followed by a right hook grazes the head of Ruiz at about the 1:00 mark of the round. A right hook lands for Joshua and Ruiz has a cut above his left eye, with blood trickling out. Good first round for AJ. (10-9 Joshua)RUIZ IS CUT. 😱#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/pGVgdxKIqo— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 20194:17 p.m.: And here comes the formal introduction of Ruiz. Who will leave with the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles? We’re about to find out!4:15 p.m.: Buffer now formally introducing each fighter, beginning with the challenger, Joshua.4:10 p.m.: Michael Buffer is back in the ring. National Anthems from the U.K. and the U.S. playing back-to-back. And the Mexican anthem as well.4:07 p.m.: And here comes the defending unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. He flicks off his hood, looking like he means business just as Joshua.HERE COMES THE CHAMP, @Andy_destroyer1 🇲🇽#RUIZJOSHUA2 pic.twitter.com/KFyTPon8az— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 20194:03 p.m.: Joshua looking laser-focused, biting down on his mouthpiece and making his ring walk confidently … all by himself. AJ against the world? Let’s see how he responds.🚨@anthonyfjoshua enters the ring as the challenger, by himself.#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/jZl8ebbAfB— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 20194 p.m.: Michael Buffer takes the ring and here comes the main event ring walks, led off by former world unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.3:55 p.m.: The main event we’ve all been waiting for is coming up next.3:45 p.m.: Diego Pacheco just crushed Selemani Saidi with a first-round knockout in another swing bout. Brutal. DIEGO PACHECO. BOOM. 💥#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/cYw93AogMO— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 2019Co-main event: Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter fight to split draw; heavyweights3:33 p.m.: The scores are in and they’re 115-113 for Povetkin, 115-113 for Hunter and 114-114, making this fight a split draw. Sporting News had Hunter winning it, but honestly, you can’t be mad at this verdict. Both fighters had their moments.3:30 p.m.: After firing out to a lightning-quick start, Hunter slowed down due to Povetkin’s power. How will judges score this one? To the scorecards we go… 👏 #PovetkinHunter #RuizJoshua2 #ClashOnTheDunes pic.twitter.com/OQK6UJG3UK— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) December 7, 2019Round 12: Hunter with another good right hand. It’s a clean landing for that right hand, as Hunter should pour it on to give judges that extra push. But he’s winded himself now, holding onto Povetkin between outputs. Hunter slips and is back up, still looking tired. Both fighters gassed, as this one is close to ending. And there’s the final bell. (10-9 Povetkin, 115-113 Hunter)Round 11: Hunter goes to the body to soften up Povetkin before landing a vicious right hand, wobbling the Russian. Hunter unloads that right hand again. His best round yet. (10-9 Hunter, 106-103 Hunter)Round 10: Hunter is not utilizing his jab enough and Povetkin is using that as an opportunity to fire off with heavy artillery. (10-9 Povetkin, 96-94 Hunter)3:45 p.m.: The winner of Ruiz-Joshua 2 will take home all this heavyweight hardware. We’re 30 minutes out from that main event starting.The gold 👑👑👑👑#RuizJoshua2 #ClashOnTheDunes pic.twitter.com/j0O30yGgNM— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) December 7, 2019Round 9: Stinging shot from Povetkin early in the ninth. One has to think that the longer the bout goes, the advantage will point to the younger Hunter. Let’s see how the rest of this round and fight plays out. Povetkin looks to be winded, even walking to the wrong corner following the round. (10-9 Povetkin, 87-84 Hunter)Round 8: Hunter is effective when he’s moving and landing punches against Povetkin because any time he stays in the pocket, he’s leaving himself open to thumping shots. A quiet, but effective eighth round for “The Bounty.” (10-9 Hunter, 78-74 Hunter)Round 7: Povetkin unloading on hooks, but Hunter lands a jab that snaps Povetkin’s head back followed by a stinging body shot. Povetkin comes right back, but Hunter did enough to take the round. (10-9 Hunter, 68-65 Hunter)Round 6: “The Bounty” doing a better job of using his legs and jabbing this round, but Povetkin is still landing his power punches enough. (10-9 Hunter, 58-56 Hunter)3 p.m.: Hunter is going to have to revert to boxing instead of standing in the pocket as a proving point.Round 5: Hunter is sticking out his chin a second too long in the pocket and needs to be careful about Povetkin’s power. Povetkin rocks Hunter with a left hook that has “The Bounty” reeling back against the ropes. Moments later, Povetkin tags Hunter again. Real heavyweight power that Hunter is dealing with here. Povetkin’s best round. (10-9 Povetkin, 48-47 Hunter)Round 4: Hunter looking extremely sharp right now, showing an excellent work rate with punches. (10-9 Hunter, 39-37 Hunter)Round 3: Hunter making the mistake of standing in front of Povetkin too long at times and Povetkin makes him pay with some shots to put him on notice of his veteran power. (10-9 Povetkin, 29-28 Hunter)Round 2: Hunter’s right hand is on the money early on. He just needs to be careful lunging while throwing it, as it could make him vulnerable to a counter from Povetkin. Just as that’s being said, Povetkin catches Hunter with a big shot, as the new heavyweight wisely clinches to end the round. (10-9 Hunter, 20-18 Hunter)2:45 p.m.: Meanwhile, Ruiz and Joshua are getting taped up and ready to go backstage. Their ring walks will start in exactly an hour at 3:45 p.m. ET.⏳⌛️ #RuizJoshua2 #ClashOnTheDunes pic.twitter.com/URDJLkDysi— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) December 7, 2019Round 1: Hunter comes out blazing, putting together a combination to rattle Povetkin. He’s on the attack, following through with an additional barrage of punches. How’s that for coming out strong on this world stage? (10-9 Hunter)2:40 p.m.: Hunter’s lone loss entering this bout was an April 2017 unanimous decision defeat to Oleksandr Usyk. Povetkin, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist and former world champ, counts losses to Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Povetkin is nine years Hunter’s senior.2:30 p.m.: The co-feature is up next as Alexander Povetkin takes on Michael Hunter in yet another heavyweight clash. Povetkin stands as a huge test for Hunter who’s still getting his bearings in the heavyweight ranks. “The Bounty” is making one hell of an entrance at the moment.Dillian Whyte gets the best of Mariusz Wach by unanimous decision2:22 p.m.: There it is: Dillian Whyte is declared the unanimous decision winner (98-93, 97-93, 97-93). Whyte says he’s been through hell the last few months. He certainly boasts an impressive ring resume. Let’s see if he can secure some marquee fights in 2020.98-93, 97-93, 97-93 🐺 @dillianwhyte does the business in Saudi!#TeamBodySnatcher 👊 #WhyteWach #RuizJoshua2 #ClashOnTheDunes pic.twitter.com/JYMaODTWkt— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) December 7, 20192:20 p.m.: Whyte poured it during the waning moments of the 10th round. He should win on the cards. Not his best performance, but good enough. Let’s see how judges have it.2:15 p.m.: Whyte has gotten the best of Wach from the seventh round on with fluid, stinging punches as this fight hits the 10th and final round. But Whyte unnecessarily invited Wach to run up his punch count in that ninth frame.Backstage, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez meets up with Andy Ruiz Jr., certainly offering his best to the heavyweight champ today.Canelo Alvarez turns up to support Andy Ruiz 🇲🇽🤝#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/nrH44kIur5— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 2019👏 #RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/ido0uOk7qa— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 20192 p.m.: Wach and Whyte very much standing in the pocket and trading shots, with Wach getting the best of “The Body Snatcher” in the fifth round. The taller Wach really landed some thudding blows in the frame. This is not the best Whyte, as he took this bout on short notice. The longer this fight goes, it might be better for Wach.1:55 p.m.: Whyte is letting his hands go more and more as this bout continues, putting together combinations to the body and unloading on wild shots upstairs that are just missing.1:45 p.m.: Whyte feeling Wach out and unloads on that left hook he’s know for in this second round. Wach lands a right moments later, before Whyte puts together a nice flurry of punches. It’s early, but you get the feeling that Whyte is about to uncork something devastating and with bad intentions.1:43 p.m.: Wach pressing Whyte moving forward. Whyte very much trying to find his rhythm and shake off any ring rust in this first round. He lands a strong right han to put Wach on notice of his power.1:35 p.m.: The theme from “Jaws” hits the speakers, as Whyte stalks his way to the ring. Now, the song changes to AC/DC. Quite the contrast from “The Body Snatcher,” who will look to make it 2-for-2 in 2019, as he’s been clamoring for a crack at WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder.📸 @DillianWhyteDon’t forget, we’re behind the scenes on our Instagram story tonight! 👀#ClashOnTheDunes #WhyteWach🎥 https://t.co/atIVUghmpr pic.twitter.com/bbaNB63Km5— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) December 7, 20191:30 p.m.: A freshly vindicated Dillian Whyte fights next, looking for maximum violence against Mariusz Wach. Meanwhile Eddie Hearn just told DAZN’s Chris Mannix that Joshua will never be more ready than he is today and that he was told that the rain will not be a factor as the day progresses.1:25 p.m.: Anthony Joshua is in the house at the majestic Diriyah Arena, where he’ll look to become a two-time world champ.📍 AJ Has Arrived #RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/01hpO2XMXI— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 2019On A Mission 💯#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/zDvDpidg1X— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 20191:15 p.m.: Hopey Price just landed some thudding shots to earn a third-round stoppage. Meanwhile, the DAZN announce team just said that Anthony Joshua is running late to the arena, as his driver got diverted.1:10 p.m.: Andy Ruiz Jr. just entered Diriyah Arena, looking relaxed and oozing confidence as the unified world heavyweight champion should.🗣️ The Champ Is Here#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/MUUP0KRfiu— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 20191 p.m.: The rain continues pouring down, as a noticeable chill surrounds the ring. Something to note: Anthony Joshua has fought in the rain before. We’ll see if the weather affects this main event later today, as the undercard continues now. A swing bout up next here, as Hopey Price takes on Swedi Mohamed in four rounds of bantamweight action.12:50 p.m.: A right hand bangs Molina in the back of the head and he’s down here in the third round too. Molina is badly hurt. He gets up between nine and 10, but this one is over, as Hrgovic improves to 10-0 by KO. Hrgovic caught Molina right in the back of the head, but it wasn’t ruled an illegal punch because Molina kept dipping his head and Hrgovic chopping punching momentum led his blows there.Hrgovic was just too much for Molina 💪#RuizJoshua2 pic.twitter.com/ee0Ez1ylHT— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 7, 2019Molina was a heavyweight who fought both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, so that’s a good win for Hrgovic.🗣 ”I WANT TO FIGHT THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE DIVISION”@Filip_Hrgovic looking ahead to a big 2020 after claiming a KO win against Eric Molina tonight📺 Buy #RuizJoshua 2 here: https://t.co/SYaXWxGiSx pic.twitter.com/NHeXnDJAwc— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) December 7, 201912:46 p.m.: Hrgovic drops Molina in the second round as well, but the ref rules it a rabbit punch. Moments later, Hrgovic puts Molina down with a crunching body shot. Molina takes the count and survives that round. He spit his mouthpiece out to buy a little extra time. Smart veteran move, but one has to think that Molina won’t survive much longer.12:45 p.m.: Hrgovic dropped Molina with a strong left hook in the first round, but the ref didn’t rule it as a knockdown. He definitely missed that, as Molina’s knees buckled.12:30 p.m.: Majidov sure made quick work of Little. Filip Hrgovic vs. Eric Molina will be next. 12:20 p.m.: Majidov rocking Little against the ropes and the ref has seen enough, stopping him from taking further punishment. That was definitely the right call.ALL OVER! 😤 #MajidovLittleMajidov lands big to stop Little in the second round at the Diriyah Arena! 💥Stoppage start to the live broadcast! 🇸🇦#RuizJoshua2 #ClashOnTheDunes pic.twitter.com/WnKQ6jqx4S— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) December 7, 201912:17 p.m.: Majidov didn’t waste time unloading on Little during Round 1. Let’s see if he can make this a quick out. And just as that’s said, Majidov drops Little with a choppy right hand. He sent Little down hard.12:10 p.m.: Three-time amateur world champion Magomedrasul Majidov just made his entrance. He’ll kick off this card against Tom Little in the first of five heavyweight fights.Noon: The story early on is unfortunately about the inclement weather and how it could affect the card. We’ll be monitoring closely. Keep it right here for all the updates and live results.What time does Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 start?Start time: Noon ETRuiz-Joshua 2 main event: 3:45 p.m. ETBecause of the eight-hour time difference between Saudi Arabia and the United States, the Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua 2 fight will not be the late-night affair most boxing fans are accustomed to. The broadcast for Ruiz vs. Joshua starts at noon ET. Each fight on the undercard will run consecutively leading into the co-main event between Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter. Ruiz and Joshua are expected to make their ring walks at 3:45 p.m. ET, with the first bell scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearRuiz vs. Joshua 2 fight card resultsMatchupClassBelt Anthony Joshua def. Andy Ruiz Jr. by unanimous decisionHeavyweightIBF/WBA/WBOAlexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter fight to split drawHeavyweight Anthony Joshua didn’t let exacting revenge get in the way of his common sense.He flicked his jab to near perfection, keeping Andy Ruiz Jr. at bay and negating the Destroyer’s hand speed and pressure to deliver a boxing clinic and become a two-time world unified heavyweight champion. Fighting the smart fight gave Joshua a unanimous decision victory, as judges scored it 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. Sporting News had it 118-110 for Joshua. — Dillian Whyte believes Joshua would beat Ruiz nine out of 10 times, as he counts on the former champ to snatch back his hardware.— A look back at some of the more notable world locations heavyweight title fights have taken place.— Here’s why Joshua is already counting on a trilogy fight with Ruiz. Dillian Whyte def. Mariusz Wach via unanimous decisionHeavyweight Magomedrasul Majidov def. Tom Little via second-round TKOHeavyweight Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 latest news — Andy Ruiz Jr. explains why he hit the scales 15 pounds heavier than his first fight against Anthony Joshua.— Everything you need to know about how to watch Ruiz-Joshua 2 on DAZN.last_img read more

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