Robert Morales


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Robert Morales

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  • Boxing

    GGG-Canelo notes: Diego De La Hoya too much for Randy Caballero

    LAS VEGAS >> Randy Caballero of Indio won a bantamweight world title with a decision over Stuart Hall in October 2014 in Monaco. But 13 months later - in November 2015 - he lost it when he weighed 5 1/2 pounds over the 118-pound limit ahead of what was supposed to be a title defense against Lee Haskins.That bout never took place, but Caballero had gone 2-0 since that fiasco, and Saturday he was trying to make it three in a row when he tangled with top 10 super bantamweight Diego...

  • Boxing

    Canelo Alvarez, GGG box to controversial split-draw

    Las Vegas >> It was refreshing that middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez didn’t talk a lot of ridiculous trash ahead of their eagerly awaited championship bout Saturday.But they figured to get mean in the ring.They didn’t get as mean as fans perhaps would have liked, but the second half of the fight was more exciting than the first. And when the scorecards were read, the decision was an unpopular split-draw before 22,358 at T-Mobile...

  • Boxing

    Sor Rungvisai defeats ‘Chocolatito’ with KO in 4th

    Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand in March engaged each other in a Fight of the Year candidate, with Sor Rungvisai emerging with a majority decision to hand Gonzalez the first defeat of his glorious career.Would Gonzalez be able to avenge what many thought was a fight he won? Would the two be able to make their second fight another possible choice for the best of 2017?No, and no.Not only did Sor Rungvisai again...

  • Boxing

    Golovkin vs. Canelo feels like a can’t-miss classic

    It’s a can’t-miss, isn’t it? The Sept. 16 middleweight title fight between Canelo Alvarez and champion Gennady Golovkin would seem a lock for an old-fashioned ring war.Just thinking about what could happen in two weeks at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas evokes thoughts of yesteryear. Not just for yours truly.“I see both guys being aggressive and I see Gennady being more physical,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer. “I see Gennady...

  • Boxing

    Canelo Alvarez: Win over GGG would be ‘very important for me’

    LOS ANGELES >> Canelo Alvarez on Monday was asked what a victory over middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin would mean to him, and to his native Mexico. Alvarez pulled no punches.“It’s very important for me, it’s very important for Mexico - for my people, for my country,” said Alvarez, who Sept. 16 will challenge Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view). “My team and I have basically said that this fight is a resume of 14...

  • Beach volleyball

    AVP: Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena dine and dash at Manhattan Beach

    MANHATTAN BEACH >> Call it the dine and dash of beach volleyball.Third-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena on Sunday feasted on yet another in a long line of victories, defeating fourth-seeded Sean Rosenthal and Trevor Crabb to win the 58th Manhattan Beach Open, 23-25, 21-18, 15-10, in front of a standing-room only Stadium Court crowd of about 5,000.Dalhausser and Lucena are also stars on the FIVB tour, which ranks them No. 1 in the world. As soon as they won, they did...

  • Beach volleyball

    AVP: Emily Day, Brittany Hochevar claim second Manhattan Beach Open in a row

    MANHATTAN BEACH >> When the matchup for the women’s final of the Manhattan Beach Open on Sunday became clear, it seemed No. 2-seeded Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar might have a somewhat easy time defending their title because they were going to take on the 15th-seeded team of Nicole Branagh and Brandie Wilkerson.But when a team reaches the final of an AVP event, it has been playing very well, so there would likely be no cake walk. There wasn’t, but Day and...

  • Beach volleyball

    Emily Day, Brittany Hochevar sweep way to semis at Manhattan Beach

    MANHATTAN BEACH >> Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar may not be the top seed in the Manhattan Beach Open, but they are the defending champions, so they were bound to be hunted.The No. 2-seeded duo became the hunters Saturday when they defeated sixth-seeded Kim DiCello and Emily Stockman 21-19, 21-18 to advance to today’s semifinals.DiCello and Stockman were pushed to the contender’s bracket.Day of Torrance knows everybody is gunning for...

  • Beach volleyball

    AVP: Trevor Crabb, Sean Rosenthal get ‘revenge’ at Manhattan Beach

    MANHATTAN BEACH - Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb twice defeated Sean Rosenthal and Trevor Crabb at the Hermosa Beach Open in July, including in the championship match. Fourth-seeded Rosenthal and the older Crabb turned the tables Saturday when they defeated top-seeded Gibb and the younger Crabb 16-21, 21-15, 15-11 in the quarterfinals of the Manhattan Beach Open, advancing to today’s semifinals.Afterward, Trevor Crabb, 27, made no bones about what the victory did for him. It was...

  • Beach volleyball

    Manhattan Beach Open is pure gold to the AVP

    MANHATTAN BEACH >> In past years the AVP sought out sponsors for the Manhattan Beach Open. It’s the other way around now.“After a few years of us doing our due diligence, it’s always nice to feel loved, right?” said Donald Sun, managing partner of the AVP. “It’s always nice to know that what we bring to them - our sponsors and partners - is something that they value. That’s been the whole program, project, whatever you want to...