November 1, 2012

Sports Digest for 11/01/2012


Portland Boxing Club to host New England championships; Pazienza will appear

The Portland Boxing Club will host the USA Boxing New England Championships, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at 33 Allen Ave.

The semifinals will be held Nov. 10 and the finals will be at the Stevens Avenue Armory, 772 Stevens Ave., on Nov. 24.

Five-time world champion Vinny Pazienza will make an appearance before the finals to sign autographs.

Tickets are $15 for the first two rounds and start at $20 for the finals. They are available in advance at Bruno's Restaurant, 33 Allen Ave. For more information, call 761-0975 or visit


PARIS MASTERS: Sam Querrey of the United States upset top-ranked Novak Djokovic 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters -- the first time since March 2010 that Djokovic has been eliminated so early.

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: Caroline Wozniacki defeated Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals at Sofia, Bulgaria.

Russian duo Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko earned straight-set victories in their first group matches.


FOOTBALL: After requests from media, details of the contract for new Washington State coach Mike Leach were released. Leach's $2 million base salary includes a $75,000 bonus for taking the Cougars to a low-level bowl game, $100,000 for making a BCS bowl game and $200,000 for reaching the BCS national title game.

Washington State is 2-6 this season.

FUNDRAISING: Famed Texas football coach Darrell Royal is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and his wife, Edith, is selling some of his personal memorabilia to raise money to fight the disease. Notable items for the Nov. 11 auction include a diamond pendant commemorating the 1963 national championship, and a diamond ring from the Longhorns' 2006 BCS title win over Southern California.

Royal won 11 Southwest Conference titles and introduced the wishbone offense in 1968.


GIRLS' SOCCER: Anna Wright scored for Berwick Academy in an 8-1 loss to Southfield School at Brookline, Mass.

Izzy Eldridge assisted on Wright's goal.

BOYS' SOCCER: Dexter Doucette had two goals and two assists and Coach Patrick Connolly earned his 200th victory as Berwick Academy (9-5-2, 7-2-2 EIL) took an 8-1 decision over Lexington Christian Academy (9-5-2, 6-5-2) at South Berwick.

Jesse Morse and Elias Thayer also had two goals apiece. Stephen Sherbahn added a goal and two assists.


REPORT: An inadequate lookout probably played a key role in causing a yacht to crash into an island during a California-to-Mexico yacht race in April that killed all four people aboard, a report concluded.

The Aegean likely was on autopilot when it sailed past a GPS waypoint and smashed into North Coronado Island off the Mexican coast, said a report by US Sailing, yacht racing's national governing organization.

They were the first deaths in the Newport-to-Ensenada race's 65-year history.

--From staff and news services

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