Daly City's Julaton defends belt against Alcanter

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Daly City's Julaton defends belt against Alcanter

Feb. 25, 2011Ryan MaquianaCSNBayArea.com
Neither a questionable scale nor the absence of her world renowned trainer could deter WBO super bantamweight champion Ana Julaton from enjoying her Bay Area homecoming party, as the Daly City native earned a unanimous decision over Franchesca Alcanter on Friday night.A boisterous crowd packed Richmonds Craneway Pavilion to capacity as The Hurricane, normally a speedster by trade, surprisingly pressured the bigger Alcanter into the ropes and unleashed combinations that scored frequently.With four-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach stuck in Hollywood due to scheduling conflicts and a scale that peculiarly determined that Julaton weighed 116.5 poundsa staggering 5.5 under the 122-pound limitThe Hurricane was forced to adapt to the situation.Displaying the guile and heart that made her a champion, Julaton passed the test with flying colors.Some things may happen unexpectedly, said Julaton (8-2-1, 1 KO), whose black and orange trunks matched the Giants baseball jersey she donned in her ring entrance. Sometimes you just have to stick to the basics, put your head down, and go to work.We were prepared for the event that Freddie wouldnt be able to make it, added her advisor, Angelo Reyes, who assumed chief second duties in Roachs place. It even happened in the past with Manny Pacquiao when Freddie had prior commitments with other fighters. Ana was working with Freddie as late as Wednesday, and he gave us the right gameplan. We just had to execute it, and we did.Alcanter (18-10-1, 9 KOs), a former world title challenger at featherweight and junior lightweight, seemed to enjoy a natural size advantage, having weighed in a full two pounds heavier at 118.5. However, she was unable to utilize it as Julaton called on her superior speed and defense to avoid Alcanters vaunted right hand throughout the first six rounds.In the seventh round, a looping left from Julaton followed by a right cross down the pipe found Alcanters chin and elicited the crowds approval. By then, Julaton sensed her foe weakening and began to stalk Alcanter behind her signature stiff left jab.However, to Alcanters credit, the game fighter refused to fall. The challenger returned fire until the final bell, but it was not enough to take the belt away from a resolute Julaton.Scores were 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93 in favor of the defending champion.Were going to the Philippines for our next fight, said promoter Allan Tremblay. After that, well be back in North America for the summer.To give an idea of the treatment Julaton will receive for her next fight in the Asian archipelago, almost six million Filipinos tuned in to watch her two previous bouts. For this fight, estimates ran as high as 11 million viewers worldwide.Im looking forward to having a title fight in the Philippines in April, added the champ, who will enjoy yet another ticker-tape parade through the streets of Manila in the next few days. I just wanted to thank the fans in the Bay Area for coming out and supporting me.In the boxing undercard, San Carlos resident Mighty Bruno Escalante (2-0-1, 1 KO), notched a second round stoppage of Martin Sandoval, (0-1-0), an MMA veteran who was making his pugilistic debut. A short counter left hand from the southpaw Escalante floored Sandoval at the end of the first round. In the following frame, another left cross put Sandoval on the canvas a second time, prompting referee Ray Balewicz to call a halt to the bout at 1:05.I was just trying to set him up with the jab, said Escalante. I was able to hit him with a perfect shot both times.He only had ten minutes to glove up and get ready, but he executed the plan perfectly, added his trainer, Brian Schwartz. The show also featured three kickboxing bouts.Dee Al-Hadi outworked Marc Toledo en route to a 30-27 unanimous decision on all three scorecards.Gaston Bolanos stopped Ike Spears at 0:32 of the third round with a series of punishing kicks to the legs and body.Xavier Vigney knocked out Gary Grant at 1:40 of the first round to cap the fight portion of the evening, which was followed by musical performances from American Idol semifinalist Sway Peala, singer AJ Rafael, and rapper Nump Trump among others.

Mailbag: How would Raiders' move affect A's ballpark search?

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Mailbag: How would Raiders' move affect A's ballpark search?

GLENDALE, Ariz. — With one week to go until the A’s break camp and head north, there are still some roster issues to be cleared up.

The big-picture question regarding this team, obviously, is where it might be building a future ballpark.

With all this in mind, we try to provide some clarity on questions submitted via Twitter:

From @Cjkittrell: If the Raiders move to Vegas, does the Coliseum site jump to the top of the list of possible ballpark sites by default?

That’s not necessarily the case. You have to remember what the A’s crave more than anything in a ballpark location: A thriving surrounding area — with restaurants, bars, shops, etc. — that will make the ballpark an attraction beyond the baseball game itself. Team president Dave Kaval has talked of wanting a “ballpark village” around a new venue. A downside of the Coliseum is that there is nothing around the area right now that would attract fans besides the baseball. Other sites, including Howard Terminal, appear to have more potential as far as surrounding attractions.

This doesn’t count out the Coliseum as an option. As Kaval has said, it’s the only site of four being considered that the A’s know is truly viable. There’s comfort in that. And the BART station, freeway access and available parking are big plusses. But something else I’ll mention in regard to the Raiders: Even if they announce a move to Las Vegas, they have lease agreements that would keep them playing football at the Coliseum at least through the 2018 season while their Vegas stadium is under construction. With the Raiders likely to be on the property for that period, it could complicate the A’s own hypothetical construction plans for the Coliseum site.

From @44BWells: With the emergence of Franklin Barrreto and the contract of Jed Lowrie, what's Joey Wendle's present and future?

They appear murky, don’t they? First and foremost, Wendle has to recover from a sore right shoulder that’s kept him out of exhibitions for a while. But the acquisition of utility man Adam Rosales meant Wendle probably wasn’t going to make the club out of spring training anyway. He’s got a fan in manager Bob Melvin, who was impressed with Wendle defensively last September. It was Wendle’s glove that was the question mark when he arrived from the Cleveland Indians. Barreto has the star-caliber upside and the hype. Once the A’s deem him ready, Lowrie becomes a trade possibility. But Wendle’s advantage is that, to a degree, he’s already proven himself in the majors. He’s a known quantity at this level. If a second baseman is needed early in the season, Wendle could get a call-up before Barreto if Barreto gets off to a slow start.

As for Wendle’s future beyond 2017, it would serve him well to be able to handle as many positions as possible. He realizes this. That’s why he volunteered to play winter ball in Mexico this past offseason, where he played lots of shortstop. His role moving forward could be as more of a utility guy, because I see Barreto growing roots at second base.

@ONChristy: Do the A's have the pieces, both in the majors and minors, to make a run in 2018-2020?

Well, it’s definitely tough to look down the road and forecast a three-year block. Here’s a short answer for you: They better! All of the trades of the past couple seasons have been made with an eye toward stockpiling young talent — especially on the pitching side. Contending this year will be a tall order. But by the end of this season, I’d expect Barreto and third baseman Matt Chapman to have gotten their feet wet in the big leagues. There’s a strong chance you’ll also see young pitchers such as Frankie Montas and Daniel Gossett up. There’s a large core of young players who are on the cusp of being major league ready.

Add to that some core veterans such as Khris Davis, Kendall Graveman Marcus Semien and (if he’s not traded) Sonny Gray— who will all be under team control through 2019 at least — and the A’s have a solid foundation for contending in that timeframe you mention. But let’s face it, there’s a lot that can and usually does happen over any three-year span that completely changes what we think we know going in.

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.

The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:

"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."

Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.