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Unbeatens Porter, Quillin defend world titles WASHINGTON: Undefeated Shawn Porter stopped former world champion Paulie Malignaggi in the fourth round Saturday to retain his International Boxing Federation welterweight crown.Porter improved to 24-0 with one draw by hammering Malignaggi before the all-American showdown was stopped 74 seconds into the fourth round, his 15th triumph inside the distance."I definitely needed this victory," Porter said. "To get it like that, to beat this guy, meant a lot."Malignaggi, 33, fell to 33-6 in what might have been his final career bout."A really great fighter beat me," said Malignaggi. "If this is my last fight, I lost to a great champion."In another world title fight, Unbeaten Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin kept his World Boxing Organization middleweight title with a unanimous decision triumph over Czech Lukas Konecny.Both fights were on the undercard of the light-heavyweight unification bout between Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov.Porter, 26, made the first defense of the title he ...

Kerber puts Germany into Fed Cup final BRISBANE: Angelique Kerber put Germany into their first Fed Cup final in 22 years with a fighting victory over Australia's Samantha Stosur in the semi-final in Brisbane on Sunday.World number seven Kerber fought back from dropping the opening set to beat former US Open champion Stosur 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in two hours 14 minutes to give Germany an unassailable 3-0 lead over Australia.Germany will play either the Czech Republic or Italy in the final.Left-hander Kerber ...

Ukraine PM blasts anti-Jewish leaflets, demands justice WASHINGTON: Ukraine's prime minister voiced outrage at reports that masked men in east Ukraine's main city handed out leaflets demanding Jews register or be expelled, NBC News reported Saturday.Members of the Jewish community in the pro-Russian protest hub of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were left shaken by the distribution of tracts demanding the registration of Jews.Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he wanted to "make a clear statement and urge the Ukrainian ...

Hopkins becomes oldest to unify world titles WASHINGTON: Bernard Hopkins, the oldest world champion in boxing history at age 49, became the eldest fighter to unify world titles Saturday when he defeated Beibut Shumenov in a light-heavyweight showdown.Two judges gave ageless wonder Hopkins a split-decision victory by the same score, 116-111, while the out-voted third saw Shumenov as a 114-113 winner."I had a great night," Hopkins said. "I'm special. Special is what it is. There is no definition for special."Hopkins, who knocked ...

Wie's win snaps LPGA title drought KAPOLEI: American Michelle Wie won her first LPGA title since 2010 on Saturday, firing five-under par 67 for a two-shot victory in the Lotte Championship.Wie had six birdies, and not even a three-putt bogey at the final hole at her home course, Ko Olina, could dim her joy at her third career LPGA crown."It feels good," said the 24-year-old, who erased a four-shot deficit to win with a 14-under par total of 274."I'm just so ...

Quigg downs South Africa's Munyai to retain title LONDON: Britain's Scott Quigg retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) super-bantamweight title with a second-round stoppage of South Africa's Tshifiwa Munyai in Manchester on Saturday.Fighting in front of what was effect a 'home town' crowd, the 25-year-old from nearby Bury dropped Munyai to the canvas in the first round and in the second referee Howard Foster stopped the contest when the challenger was again knocked to the floor.Victory saw Quigg, who extended his unbeaten professional ...

Messi will keep leading Barcelona, says club chief MADRID: Lionel Messi will continue to be Barcelona's leading light despite the Argentine superstar suffering a stream of criticism in recent weeks, the Spanish team's president said Saturday.Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted that Messi should not have been singled out for blame as Barcelona's season has slowly unravelled in recent weeks."I think people are being unfair to Leo Messi," Bartomeu told Spanish TV3."He has led us to so many wins in recent years. He has led ...


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