Pacquiao has bout scheduled for Dec. 8

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring Dec. 8, almost surely in a fourth fight against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

Promoter Bob Arum said final negotiations were scheduled Wednesday with Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz for the fight, which would be the first for Pacquiao since he lost a hotly disputed decision to Timothy Bradley on June 9.

Arum said he would not formally announce Marquez as the opponent until he had a signed deal, but said Marquez has already signed for the fight. A press conference is scheduled in Los Angeles on Tuesday to announce the fight, which will be held at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas.

JOE FRAZIER: The late boxing great Joe Frazier may get a statue in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Mayor Michael Nutter joined members of Frazier’s family to announce a fund-raising campaign for the sculpture.

Nutter said the goal is to raise $150,000, which will pay for the memorial and a maintenance fund.


GIRLS’ SOCCER: Holly St. Jean and Brooke Downey scored for Berwick Academy in a 2-0 win over Cushing Academy at Ashburnham, Mass.

FIELD HOCKEY: Jillian Witwicki scored twice to lead the Pingree School to a 5-0 win over Berwick Academy in an Eastern Independent League opener at South Berwick.

BOYS’ SOCCER: Stephen Sherbahn of Berwick Academy and Samuel Ober of Pingree scored second-half goals as the teams played to a 1-1 tie in an Eastern Independent League opener at South Berwick.

Pingree’s Theodore Steward and Berwick’s Erik Wisniewski each made four saves.


FERRERO RETIRING: Former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero said he’ll retire after playing in his hometown Valencia Open next month.

The 32-year-old Spaniard moved to the top of the rankings in 2003 after winning the French Open and reaching the U.S. Open final, where he lost to Andy Roddick.

In 14 years as a professional, he won 15 titles and helped Spain win two of its five Davis Cups in 2000 and 2004.


NBA: Knicks point guard Jason Kidd intends to fight a charge that he was drunk when he crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons over the summer, his lawyer said.

Kidd was arrested in July, days after signing with the Knicks. He suffered minor injuries when the vehicle hit the pole and veered into the woods in the hamlet of Water Mill.

— From staff and news services