CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court gave local governments the power Monday to zone medical marijuana dispensaries out of existence, a decision that upholds bans in about 200 cities but does little to solve Los Angeles' years-long struggle to regulate hundreds of storefront pot outlets. The unanimous decision provided clarity for cities and counties that want to rid themselves of the dispensaries, which sprouted up statewide after a 1996 voter-approved measure that sought to authorize medical marijuana but lacked specifics in how it would be regulated.
April 20, 2013 |
It's one thing to talk. The great ones back it up. In avenging his brother's loss and letting his fists fly against a respected, defense-based, unbeaten world champion, Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez unified the super-welterweight division Saturday night by defeating Austin Trout by decision. Before a massive Alamodome crowd that saw Trout knocked down for the first time in his career in the seventh round, the 22-year-old Alvarez (42-0-1) was given a unanimous decision by scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109.
March 17, 2013 |
Timothy Bradley again was rewarded by boxing judges. Nine months after receiving a highly suspect split-decision over Manny Pacquiao, Bradley on Saturday night survived steady punishment and a 12th-round knockdown at the hands of challenger Ruslan Provodnikov before emerging with a narrow unanimous-decision victory. In addition to getting a favorable ruling by referee Pat Russell that an apparent first-round knockdown was instead a slip, Bradley (30-0) was forced to find a champion's resolve in the bout.
March 17, 2013 |
UFC 158 takes place Saturday night from Montreal, headlined by a UFC welterweight title bout pitting champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Nick Diaz. The contest, expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view attractions of the year, has featured a unique buildup and hype. The mercurial Diaz was controversially selected for the title shot despite losing his last bout and failing a post-fight drug test. St. Pierre and UFC president Dana White justified this decision by saying St. Pierre was angry at Diaz and thought the "disrespectful" Diaz "deserves a beatdown.
December 29, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Cain Velasquez not only won his heavyweight title back Saturday, but he did it his way, in a style few expected. Launched by a hard right hand that knocked down and seriously dazed Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos in the first round, Velasquez regained the belt by unanimous decision. Judges awarded San Jose's Velasquez (11-1) a 50-45, 50-43, 50-44 triumph at MGM Grand Garden Arena. A year ago, Dos Santos (15-2) took the belt away from Velasquez with an overhand right that knocked out Velasquez 64 seconds into their fight in Anaheim.
November 10, 2012 |
The little guys put on a big show at Staples Center on Saturday night. In the world of boxing, they were mice that roared. Abner Mares of Los Angeles chased, lunged, punched and brawled his way to a unanimous decision over Anselmo Moreno of Panama in their super-bantamweight battle for the World Boxing Council title. Mares had the title and Moreno had won 27 straight fights, so the matchup was a good one. That turned out to be the case, generally, except for one judge, who had Mares winning all 12 rounds.