NEW ENGLAND TITLE: Jorge Abiague of the Portland Boxing Club won the vacant New England super bantamweight championship with a split decision over Josh Crespo on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Abiague improved to 8-1 with his win over Crespo (3-2-2). Two judges had Abiague winning the eight-round fight by a score of 78-74, while the third scored it 77-75 for Crespo.

Abiague controlled the first two rounds before Crespo rocked him with a straight right hand in the closing seconds of the third. Abiague survived the final few seconds and began to dictate the pace again in the fourth.

Abiague has won back-to-back fights since losing to Nate Green on Oct. 3.


MAJOR LEAGUES: A person with knowledge of the agreement says outfielder Gregor Blanco and the San Francisco Giants have reached a $7.5 million, two-year contract to avoid arbitration.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t made a formal announcement. Blanco will earn $3.6 million this season and $3.9 million in 2016.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal dealt Manchester City’s title defense a blow, as City’s 2-0 home loss left it flagging five points behind leader Chelsea.

spain: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to help Real Madrid win 3-0 at Getafe, and Lionel Messi bettered that with his 30th career hat trick for Barcelona as the Catalan club eased to a 4-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna.

– From staff and news services