Saturday, September 18, 2004

Sports digest


De La Hoya underdog tonight vs. Hopkins

Enquirer staff and wire reports

Oscar De La Hoya fights Bernard Hopkins for the undisputed middleweight championship tonight.

"This is for all the marbles," De La Hoya said. "This is the fight that will define my career."

For once, De La Hoya may not be exaggerating. He's either picked a great way to stake his claim to history or a spectacular way to end his career.

De La Hoya most likely will need the fight of his life to become an undisputed champion for the first time in his spectacular career.

Oddsmakers don't figure he'll get it, making the Golden Boy a 2-1 underdog in a fight that could be the richest nonheavyweight bout.

"The only situation I've never experienced is being the underdog. It's burning me inside," De La Hoya said. "I just want to show everybody I'm a winner."

So does Hopkins, whose hardscrabble life and stubborn insistence on doing things his way kept him from getting his first big money fight until age 39.

"De La Hoya has done everything you can do in boxing. He made more money than any fighter probably in the history of boxing," Hopkins said. "But give me a rich fighter and a hungry fighter, and I'll take the hungry fighter every time."

Hopkins (44-2-1, 31 knockouts) will make at least $10 million for the scheduled 12-round fight, which will be televised from the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden arena on pay-per-view ($59.95) by HBO beginning at 9 p.m. De La Hoya will make at least $30 million for only his second fight as a middleweight.

Hopkins, who hasn't lost in 11 years and has defended his middleweight title 18 times, plans to make De La Hoya earn every penny.

De La Hoya (37-3, 29 knockouts) weighed in at 155 pounds, Hopkins 156. The contract weight limit for the fight was 158 pounds.

Horse racing

TURFWAY PARK: Today's five Kentucky Cup stakes races attracted just 33 entrants. But among them are another set of likely contenders for the season-ending Breeders' Cup World Championship races Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park in Texas.

They include Roses in May, odds-on favorite in the Kentucky Cup Classic; Cuvee and Heckle (Sprint); Storied Cat (Juvenile); Im a Dixie Girl (Juvenile Fillies); Mayo on the Side (Turfway Breeders' Cup).

Turfway presented the inaugural Michael F. Rowland Award to Luis Antonio Gonzalez, a rider based at Thistledown near Cleveland.

The award is named in memory of the jockey who died Feb. 9, five days after he was involved in an accident during a race at Turfway.

Also nominated were Ivan Gonzalez (by Beulah Park); Perry Ouzts (by Turfway); DeShawn Parke (by Mountaineer Park) and J. J. Sunseri (by River Downs).

BELMONT PARK: Sightseek tops a five-horse field for the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap Sunday, the last of six stakes races over two days. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Sightseek is going for her fifth win in five tries at Belmont, and is coming off a runner-up finish to 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri in the Go For Wand Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 1.

Golf

PGA TOUR: Dean Wilson shot a 5-under 65 and led first-round leader Ted Purdy by a stroke at 11-under 129 after 36 holes in the Texas Open at San Antonio.

LPGA TOUR: Rookie Brandi Jackson shot a 6-under 66 and held a one-stroke lead in the rain-delayed opening round of the Safeway Classic in Portland.

Tennis

WISMILAK EVENT: U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova moved into the semifinals at Bali, Indonesia with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Angelique Widjaja.

CHINA OPEN: Fifth-seeded Marat Safin cruised to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kevin Kim and advanced to the semifinals.

local colleges

Men's cross country

QUEEN CITY INVITATIONAL

Team Standings: 1. Cincinnati 15, 2. Morehead State 56, 3. Marshall 71, 4. Kentucky State 118.

UC runners: 1. Schwarz 26:12.11; 2. M. Smith 26:15.63; 3. Wietmarschen 26:41.82; 4. Bair 26:42.15; 5. Garvin 26:42.63; 6. Neumann 26:43.25; 7. Dragan 26:43.56; 8. Rathkamp 26:45.27; 13. Mindel 27:05; 15. Adams 27:19; 19. Mayhaus 27:41; 20. Webb 27:53; 21. Keckels 28:01.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC INVITATIONAL

Top 5 team Standings (30 teams): 1. Notre Dame 19, 2. Gonzaga 106, 3. Xavier 139, 4. Dayton 156, 5. DePaul 176.

Xavier runners: 16. Staudigel 25:41, 25. Milrow 26:01, 31. Tieke 26:20, 35. Matheus 26:33, 37. Lamaster 26:42, 41. Hammersmith 26:51, 79. Rischmann 27:39, 80. Miller 27:40, 91. Weingardt 27:52.

Women's cross country

QUEEN CITY INVITATIONAL

Team Standings: 1. Cincinnati 21, 2. Morehead State 37, 3. Marshall 82, 4. Kentucky State 114.

UC runners: 1. Limo 18:58.35; 4. Berling, 19:30.71; 5. Doll 19:46.77; 7. Hannen 20:09.62; 8. Leslie 20:15.55; 11. Hamrick 20:47.08; 12. Gauvin 20:59.51; 14. Schoenfeld 21:19; 17. Mackall 21:43; 18. Lopez-Stigkney 21:53; 25. Gibson 25:15.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC INVITATIONAL

Top 5 team Standings (31 teams): 1. Notre Dame 28, 2. DePaul 87, 3. Gonzaga 164, 4. Bellarmine 168, 5. Xavier 199, 7. Dayton 243.

Xavier runners: 15. Brown 18:53, 22. Hoff 19:10, 52. Gruber 19:54, 55. Uhl 19:55, 61. Stafford 20:05, 72. Fry 20:17, 73. Mertz 20:18, 94. Wyckoff 20:34.

Men's soccer

Detroit 4, Xavier 2

Goals: D-Hamilton, Massoglia, Camara, Simone; X-Skudrzik, Horejs. Records: X 1-3, D 2-2.

NKU 0, Wisconsin-Parkside 0, 2 OT

Shutouts: NKU-Madden (5 saves). WP-Perez. Records: NKU 4-0-2 (0-0-1 GLVC), WP 5-1-1 (0-0-1).

Women's soccer

NKU 2, Wisconsin-Parkside 0

Shutout: Piening. Goals: Law, Goettelman. Records: NKU 4-2 (1-0), WP 5-1 (0-1).

Miami 1, Northern Illinois 1

Goals: M-Slinger, NI-Matus. Records: M 2-3-1 (0-0-1 MAC), NI 4-0-2 (1-0-2).

Women's volleyball

UC-Clermont (5-0) d. Indiana University-East (0-6) 30-14, 30-15, 30-18

Marshall (5-3) d. Cincinnati 26-30, 23-30, 30-20, 30-28, 16-14

Mount St. Joseph Invitational

Mount def. Allegheny, 30-23, 30-15, 30-24 Alma def. Mount Union, 30-23, 30-19, 30-27 University of La Verne def. Mount Union, 30-10, 30-23, 25-30, 30-28Allegheny def. Otterbein, 24-30, 30-16, 30-25, 30-28Alma def. Otterbein, 30-23, 30-19, 28-30, 30-18Mount def. University of La Verne, 30-24, 19-30, 30-25, 25-30, 15-8




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