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March 4, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The NFL on Tuesday reinstated former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner from an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension for using marijuana ended Browner's season in December and thrust the 29-year-old's career into doubt. In a  dispatch on Twitter , however, the open-ended punishment went up in smoke. “I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right but a privilege,” Browner wrote. “I am grateful that Commissioner [Roger]
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February 19, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Brandon League views this spring as a chance to start over. "It's a new season, whether you're World Series champs, made the playoffs or not," League said. "It's always a fresh start for everyone. " Never was League paid as much as he was last season, the first year of a three-year, $22.5-million contact. And never did League pitch worse. "It wasn't easy for me to swallow," he said. He started the season as the Dodgers' closer and ended it as an observer in the National League Championship Series.
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January 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of opening fire outside a Halloween party at USC in 2012, wounding four people, was retaliating for his being shot by a rival gang member, a prosecutor said Wednesday on the first day of his trial. Brandon Spencer, 21, is charged with four counts of attempted murder in the shooting amid a large crowd of people waiting to enter a Halloween night party at the USC student center's ballroom. Spencer believed a Crips-affiliated gang member had been responsible for shooting him in the stomach, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist.
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November 24, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
In the last major fight Bob Arum promoted in the Far East, he walked out of a Philippines arena to a burning sun, mourning the destruction Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier delivered to each other in their third bout, the "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975. Sunday, Arum looked outside to cloud coverage in Macao, China, and beamed with delight. Arum's fighter, Manny Pacquiao, is back. In Pacquiao's decisive victory over Brandon Rios on Saturday night Pacific time, the Filipino star buried thoughts of retirement, which his trainer, Freddie Roach, said he would have suggested had Pacquiao lost.
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November 23, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
There's so much for Manny Pacquiao and his promoter to like about this new venture of fighting in Macao, China. For Pacquiao, it means a break from the 39% U.S. tax rate that reduced his purses fighting in Las Vegas. For Bob Arum, there's the promise of expanding a fan base among a country of 1.3 billion, particularly among those deep-pocketed enough to afford a vacation to the gambling-mecca Macao, where the Venetian hotel owners provided Arum a reported $8-million site fee. But will U.S. fans retain their interest in buying a Pacquiao pay-per-view when he's fighting at such a distant locale?
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November 23, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao heard Brandon Rios liked to get hit, so Pacquiao obliged Saturday in a thorough domination of the Oxnard fighter. Pacquiao, fighting for the first time since he was stunningly knocked out in December by his bulked-up rival Juan Manuel Marquez, out-landed Rios 281 punches to 138 and cruised to a unanimous-decision victory at the Venetian hotel in Macao, China. The judges' scores were 119-109 (Lisa Giampa), 120-108 (Michael Pernick) and 118-110 (Manfred Kuechler) for Pacquiao (55-5-2)
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November 23, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Manny Pacquiao put himself back in the big-time boxing picture with a strong decision over opponent Brandon Rios. The judges were unanimous in the dominance Pacquiao showed, although in disagreement by a small amount. One judge had him pitching a shutout, 120-108, while the other judges had it 119-109 and 118-1110. There is little question that Pacquiao is ready for more big-time fights, although one against Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains a longshot. Here is a round-by-round look at the bout: The judges are Michael Pernick (Florida)
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November 22, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao has been the most dynamic boxer of the last decade, but the most recent image many fans have of the star is of his being knocked out and flat on his face in his most recent fight. Now, less than a month from his 35th birthday, can Pacquiao reverse the story Saturday night when he fights former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios in Macao, China, in an HBO pay-per-view welterweight bout? "I forgot the last fight already and I've moved on," Pacquiao said in a telephone interview from China.
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November 20, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A verbal and physical altercation involving Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach and members of Brandon Rios' camp broke out Wednesday at the Macau gym where both fighters are training for their WBO welterweight title this weekend. It was an ugly incident. Roach appeared to be kicked in the upper body by Alex Ariza, a former member of Pacquiao's team who now works for Rios, and mocked for his slurred speech caused by Parkinson's disease. Roach was accused by members of Rios' camp of using racist and anti-Jewish slurs during the incident, which started when Roach approached Rios trainer, Robert Garcia, and said the team had gone past its scheduled training time.
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November 19, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
No one near the welterweight division can hit as hard as Manny Pacquiao. No one near the welterweight division can take punches better than Brandon Rios. The prospect of an action-packed fight between the two is why the 27-year-old Rios (31-1-1, 23 knockouts) landed the main event against Pacquiao on Saturday night in Macao. The bout is also expected to answer if Pacquiao, 34, still has punching power after his stunning knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December. "To everyone who thinks I'm an easy opponent for Pacquiao, a walking punching bag, this is my fight," Rios said recently while training near his home in Oxnard.
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