Fighter who inspired a movie is scheduled to be in Portland for tournament tonight

Micky Ward, the Massachusetts boxer who turned a career on the skids into a world championship and was made famous in the Academy Award-winning film “The Fighter” is coming to Maine.

Micky Ward will be at the Stevens Avenue Armory in Portland tonight for the finals of USA Boxing’s New England championships.

A native of Lowell, Mass., Ward overcame a sliding boxing career and the antics of his family to win the light welterweight championship in 2000. In “The Fighter,” he was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg.

Ward will be on hand when the doors open at 6 p.m. The matches start at 8.


ATP FINALS: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was eliminated from the ATP World Tour Finals after Tomas Berdych rallied from a set and a break down to beat David Ferrer 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 and grab the last semifinal spot at the season-ending tournament at London.

Djokovic lost to Janko Tipsarevic to finish round-robin play with a 1-2 record, but would have gone through to the last four if Ferrer had beaten Berdych. Ferrer will face Roger Federer in today’s first semifinal before Berdych takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.


WORLD CUP: Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland shot a 4-under 68 in alternate-shot play for a share of the lead with Australia after the second round at Hainan, China. McIlroy and McDowell matched Brendan Jones and Richard Green of Australia at 13 under.

AUSTRALIAN PGA: Marcus Fraser of Australia shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Bubba Watson of the U.S. after the second round at Coolum, Australia.

SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN: Steven O’Hara of Scotland had a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead over Retief Goosen and Merrick Bremner after the second round at Johannesburg.


FINE LEVIED: NASCAR fined Kurt Busch $50,000 for his poor behavior during the Sprint Cup finale last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR cited both an obscene gesture Busch made inside his car and verbal abuse to a reporter.


GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Roz Gray-Bauer scored four goals, and Madeline Ciraldo finished with a goal and five assists to lead Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete over St. Dominic 5-3 in an opener at Lewiston.

Katie Bosworth, Kathryn Clark, Lucy Crane and Alli Mills added one goal each for Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete. Kayla McLellan scored all three goals for the Saints.


— From staff and news services