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May 5, 2015

Latest NFL draftees could benefit from new-age concussion test

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The 2015 NFL Draft class has now been
welcomed into the league, one that could grow safer as their
careers unfold through new-age research into identifying
concussions.

Following a final settlement of a lawsuit brought by former
players over concussions that could cost the league $1 billion,
and a stunning retirement by a young player concerned about
brain injury risks, there is high-tech hope for the future.

May 1, 2015

Boxing boom may help concussion safety battle

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Boxing is surging as evidenced by the wildly lucrative Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight and return of bouts to network TV, and the revitalization may lead to better protection for fighters in the ring.

Dr. Charles Bernick of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas recently announced an agreement to add fighters from the Premier Boxing Champions Series to his research study.

Apr 28, 2015

Winston likely top draft pick despite character concerns

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to be the top pick in Thursday’s National Football League Draft in Chicago, provided ‘character’ issues do not throw him for a loss.

The big, strong-armed Winston has all the tools for NFL success but a list of troubling off-field incidents raises some red flags, with Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon also commanding interest as the next best rated quarterback.

Apr 26, 2015

Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing’s latest ‘Fight of the Century’ – Mayweather v Pacquiao.

Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian’s win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things.

Apr 26, 2015

Feature – Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing’s latest ‘Fight of the Century’ — Mayweather v Pacquiao.

Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian’s win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things.

Apr 26, 2015

Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend reign

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wladimir Klitschko used his big jab to extend a nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion with a unanimous points decision over a game but limited Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Returning to the United States and the Garden for the first time in seven years, the 39-year-old Ukrainian regretted not being able to overpower the American challenger as he outboxed his opponent in an 18th consecutive successful title defence.

Apr 26, 2015

Klitschko says Britain’s Fury his next title opponent

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko’s next title defence is likely to be a mandatory WBA bout against Briton Tyson Fury, the Ukrainian said in the early hours of Sunday.

“I just got the news that I am obligated to satisfy my mandatories (title defenses),” Klitschko, who holds the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine belts, said after winning a unanimous decision over American challenger Bryant Jennings.

Apr 26, 2015

Klitschko extends heavyweight reign vs Jennings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine successfully defended his world heavyweight boxing title for the 18th time in a row with a unanimous points decision over American Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Klitschko, who tied heavyweight legend Joe Louis in contesting the 27th heavyweight title fight of his career, improved to 64-3. Jennings, 30, fell to 19-1.

Apr 26, 2015

Boxing-Klitschko extends heavyweight reign vs Jennings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine successfully defended his world heavyweight boxing title for the 18th time in a row with a unanimous points decision over American Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Klitschko, who tied heavyweight legend Joe Lewis in contesting the 27th heavyweight title fight of his career, improved to 64-3. Jennings, 30, fell to 19-1.

Apr 24, 2015

Former champ Lewis offers tips to Klitschko challenger

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Bryant Jennings each had a special guest at Friday’s weigh-in for their heavyweight title clash, with former champions Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis on hand.

The title holder’s older brother was able to take a brief leave from his role as mayor of Kiev in war-torn Ukraine, while Lewis came to support his friend Jennings in Saturday’s championship bout at Madison Square Garden.