Perez, Gonzales, Moreno win fights

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Perez, Gonzales, Moreno win fights

Three boxers on CSNBayArea.coms NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 listNo. 4 Eloy Perez, No. 8 Brandon Gonzales, and No. 9 Carina Morenosaw action Friday night and emerged victorious.

Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs) stopped Ira Terry (24-7, 14 KOs) at 1:22 of the sixth round in front of a nationally televised audience on TeleFutura at Sherwood Hall in his current hometown of Salinas.

The ref thought he took too many hard shots, Perez said. I was just on Terry too much, so he ended it, and I thought it was right.

Now The Prince, who was recently named NABO Fighter of the Year and debuted in Ring Magazines top ten junior lightweight rankings, has turned his attention toward IBF world champion Juan Carlos Salgado of Mexico.

I would like to fight Juan Carlos Salgado, so whatever I need to do and whoever I need to fight to make it happen, lets do it, Perez said. It would be great for the Mexican fight fans and the boxing world.

On the Perez-Terry undercard, Watsonvilles Moreno (22-3, 6 KOs) took a spirited six-round unanimous decision against a game Sharon Gaines (11-13, 3 KOs) of Las Vegas in a flyweight tilt.

Scores were 58-56 twice and 59-55 for La Reina, who also defeated Gaines on the cards two years ago.

A former two-weight world champion, La Reina will attempt to recapture her crown in a rematch with current WBAWBO light flyweight titlist Yesica Bopp of Argentina, who secured a lopsided decision against Moreno in January.

I hope to get a couple tune-up fights before getting a rematch with WBAWBO light flyweight champ Yesica Bopp of Argentina, Moreno shared. It just feels good to be back, but after this fight, I still plan to go back to 108 or 105 pounds.

In Atlantic City, N.J., Sacramentos Gonzales (15-0, 10 KOs), featured yesterday by CSNBayArea.com, made his debut on Showtime a successful one with a razor-sharp split decision victory against durable middleweight Ossie Duran (26-9-2, 10 KOs) of nearby Paterson, N.J., via Ghana.

Scores were 77-75 (twice) for Gonzales and 78-74 Duran.

Boxing correspondent Ryan Maquiana is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazines Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

Raiders name former Chargers DC as assistant head coach-defense

Raiders name former Chargers DC as assistant head coach-defense

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has hired former Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano, the team announced on Monday evening. He will be the team’s assistant head coach on the defensive side of the ball.

Pagano has spent most of his coaching career in San Diego, working with the Chargers in various capacities since 2002. He was promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator in 2012, where he led that unit for five seasons.

Pagano and Del Rio worked together in 1997, when Pagano was a New Orleans Saints defensive assistant and Del Rio was the assistant strength coach.

Pagano was a longtime linebackers coach before becoming a play caller. He has worked with several quality pass rushers and has proven to be adept at creating pressure.

The Raiders created a position for Pagano, who will help a defense that ranked 26th in yards allowed and dead last in sacks. Pagano was looking for a different gig after new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn hired Gus Bradley as his defensive coordinator. 

Ken Norton Jr. remains defensive coordinator, but Pagano will bring experience and creativity to the game-planning process.

He has worked within a 3-4 defensive scheme, but has experience in all formations. The Raiders run multiple defensive fronts.

Pagano is the assistant coach on defense, while offensive line coach Mike Tice has a similar title on the offensive side. The Raiders have a vacancy on the staff, and are looking for a new defensive backs coach.

John Pagano is the younger brother of Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano.

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

The Dodgers' months-long search for a second baseman is over.

Los Angeles has acquired infielder Logan Forsythe from the Rays, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The Dodgers are sending top pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay.

In 127 games for the Rays in 2016, the 30-year-old Forsythe hit .264/.333/.444 with 24 doubles, 20 home runs and 52 RBI.

Forsythe is set to make $7 million in 2017 and has a team option worth $8.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2018.

De Leon, 24, made his major league debut for the Dodgers during the 2016 season. In four starts, he posted a 6.35 ERA while striking out 15 batters in 17 innings. In 16 startts for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2016, De Leon registered a 2.61 ERA and struck out 111 batters in just 86.1 innings.

A native of Puerto Rico, De Leon was recently ranked as the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect Baseball America.

For most of the offseason, the Dodgers had been linked to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, but the two sides couldn't come together on a deal.