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Marcus Henry began working for Newsday’s city edition in April 2003. He’s been a part of the Newsday high school/local college sports desk since then, covering both Long Island and New York City colleges and high schools. In addition to his experience covering the New York Metro-area local colleges -Hofstra, Stony Brook, St. John's- he also covered the WNBA’s New York Liberty for three seasons. Prior to coming to Newsday he spent four years working for PA SportsTicker, a real time sports newswire service. Marcus has also freelanced for the New York Amsterdam News, College and Pro Football Weekly, and the National Sports Weekly. In addition to his work on the local desk, Marcus is also a huge boxing fan and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He has covered several fights for Newsday, including the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto-Shane Mosley, Cotto-Michael Jennings and Cotto-Zab Judah fights.
So the WBC went ahead and rated Manny Pacquiao its No. 1 welterweight, with the hope that division champion Floyd Mayweather will eventually break down and fight him.
Is it wishful thinking?
It was wishful thinking until reports surfaced that Pacquiao (55-5-2) is in major financial trouble with U.S. and Filipino tax officials.
Pacquiao has yet to speak publicly about his money...Read more »
Isn’t it funny how one win can rejuvenate a boxer?
Paulie Malignaggi’s unanimous-decision win over Zab Judah on Saturday at Barclays Center apparently lit a fire under the “Magic Man”.
"This is an emotional win for me. It definitely allows me to continue boxing. If I had lost, I don't know that I would have wanted to continue,” Malignaggi said. “But this big win puts me in the right...Read more »
The last time Marcos Maidana (34-2) tasted to defeat, it was to Devon Alexander on February 2, 2012. Since then, the native of Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, has won three straight. His latest win was a sixth-round TKO of Josesito Lopez at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca.
Now he gets the young, brash WBA welterweight champion in Adrien Broner (27-0) on Saturday, Dec. 14 live on...Read more »
There was a change at the top as Seton Hall moved up one place into the top spot, despite a 71-70 loss to Illinois. St. John’s dropped to second, while Rutgers stayed at No. 3. The rest of the top 10 stayed the same.
1. Seton Hall (7-1) 2. St. John’s (5-2) 3. Rutgers (6-2) 4. Fordham (7-2) 5. Army (7-1) 6. Iona (6-2) 7. St. Francis (7-2) 8. Stony Brook (6-3) 9. Marist (4-4) 10. Hofstra (4-3)
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St. John’s stays at No. 1 after two straight wins, including a 104-58 thrashing of Fordham on Saturday. Manhattan is up two places to second after three straight victories, while Iona is up two spots after winning four straight. Stony Brook is down two places to fourth and Princeton moves to fifth from seventh.
St. Francis is down four spots to sixth, Seton Hall is up one to seventh after...Read more »
Now that the bowl matchups are set, here is a summary of the best of the non-BCS games.
Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State vs. USC (Dec. 21, 3:30 ABC): This is one of the more intriguing bowl games as Fresno State’s David Carr will take on a legit defense. Considering Carr’s status as an NFL prospect and Fresno State’s near-perfect season, this is a game worth paying for. It could be Carr’s big selling...Read more »
It’s been a rough two-plus years for Victor Ortiz.
First, the talented welterweight misses out on a chance for a rematch against Andre Berto because Berto tested positive or a banned substance.
Ortiz then loses two straight fights, one to Floyd Mayweather in controversial fashion and then to Josesito Lopez. Ortiz’s corner threw in the towel at the beginning of the 10th round because...Read more »
Arguably two of the most avoided boxers in the sport, Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara will square off for the vacant WBA junior middleweight title this at Barclays Center, Saturday live on Showtime. Trout (26-1), fresh off a loss to Canelo Alvarez hopes to eventually get a rematch. Lara (18-1), meanwhile, who made is name off a controversial loss to Paul Williams in 2011, could soon find...Read more »
ACC Championship game
No. 20 Duke (10-2) vs. No. 1 Florida State (12-0), 8:00: This certainly isn’t the matchup most people expected this season. But Duke fans will take it. The Blue Devils surged into the ACC title game thanks to an eight-game winning streak that included victories over Virginia Tech, Miami and rival North Carolina. How did Duke do it? They did it with heady quarterback play...Read more »
MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Bowling Green (9-3) vs. No. 14 Northern Illinois (12-0), 8:00 p.m.: This game has a lot more meaning than most will believe. First, Northern Illinois is in position to earn an automatic BCS Bowl bid for the second straight season. Under BCS rules, a school from a non-Automatic Qualifier (AQ) conference can earn an automatic bid two ways: If it completes the regular season...Read more »