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.

Report: Harbaugh, Michigan to spend final week of spring practice in Italy

Report: Harbaugh, Michigan to spend final week of spring practice in Italy

Undeterred by recent NCAA legislation, Jim Harbaugh is reportedly going international.

As noted by the Detroit Free Press, a post on Rivals affiliate TheWolverine.com reports that Michigan is planning to spend the final week of football spring practice in Rome, Italy. The team would not only practice several times on Italian soil, but would allow the team to visit the sights in the area and even leave players in Europe to study abroad for a semester.

The move would no doubt ruffle even more feathers in the football and NCAA communities after Harbaugh famously took the Wolverines to the IMG Academy down in Florida for spring practice last March. That prompted recent legislation that was passed at the NCAA convention in Nashville this week — a Harbaugh Rule if you will — that prohibited off-campus practice during a vacation period outside of a playing season.

While it would seem that would rule out trips away from Ann Arbor for spring football practices, it appears the Michigan athletic department is going to push forward by exploiting a slight loophole in the language of the rule. While vacation periods may be off limits like spring break, it appears the Wolverines would be looking to leave town at the end of April, which would be after the semester ends  and does not fall into any scheduled vacation time.

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LeBron considering return to Team USA under 'great mastermind' Popovich

LeBron considering return to Team USA under 'great mastermind' Popovich

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James might make another run at Olympic gold with Gregg Popovich.

James, who already has two gold medals, said that Popovich taking over as coach of the U.S. team will influence his decision on whether to play in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

"It factors a lot," James said Saturday as the Cavaliers prepared to host Popovich's San Antonio Spurs. "I've said that before. He's just a great mastermind of the game of basketball."

James skipped last summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to get rest after leading Cleveland to an NBA championship. But he's still connected with Team USA and Popovich replacing outgoing coach Mike Krzyzewski could be enough to draw James back to the Olympics.

James will be 36 in 2020, but his game is showing no signs of decay and the three-time NBA champ has relished his previous Olympic appearances. He was a key member of the American teams that captured gold in Beijing (2008) and (2012), performances that helped him and the U.S. squad erase some of the disappointment from taking bronze in Athens (2004).

Krzyzewski, the Duke coach who led the U.S. team to three consecutive gold medals, had a hand in naming Popovich as his successor.

For James, the pick was perfect.

"Team USA is in good hands with him," James told The Associated Press in 2015. "It was in good hands with Coach K. It's almost like 'The Godfather.' We hand it off to Michael Corleone now."

Earlier this week, James said he considers Popovich, who has led the Spurs to five NBA titles, "the greatest coach of all time. I've said that over and over and over. You have to be sharp, mentally and physically, when you go against his ballclub. If you were an NFL player, it's probably the same as going against a (Bill) Belichick team.

"What they're going to do, they're going to do and you have to try to figure it out."

James has lost twice to teams coached by Popovich in the NBA Finals - in 2007 with Cleveland and in 2014 with Miami. He admires the way the 67-year-old coach has adjusted and adapted over the years.

"A guy that's been able to do what he's done in an era of basketball where it's changed so much and he's been able to have a growth mindset and be able to change with the game," James said. "Obviously Tim Duncan was a huge part of that because Timmy was allowed to change with the game as well, but he's just continued to build around Timmy and Manu (Ginobili) and Tony (Parker) and bring pieces in and out throughout his whole tenure."

On Saturday, the Spurs will play their first game without center Pau Gasol, sidelined indefinitely with a broken left hand.

James said that won't change San Antonio much - because of Popovich.

"It doesn't matter who is in the lineup for the Spurs," James said. "They'll play Spurs basketball and Pop will have them ready. I mean, what's their record, 33-9, I believe? And if you asked me how things would change without Timmy D., they still pushing forward, man. It's just nothing out of the ordinary."