Oakland's super middleweight champion Andre Ward will defend his WBC and WBA belts against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on Jan. 26 at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles, it was announced Tuesday.
Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) is among the world's top handful of pound-for-pound fighters, with a perfect career since winning a gold medal at the Athens Olympics. The fighter will make his sixth title defense against Pavlik after stopping light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in September.
Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) has revitalized his career with four straight victories since losing his two middleweight titles to Sergio Martinez in April 2010.
The PGA Tour and TPC Stonebrae in Hayward announced that the TPC Stonebrae Championship will take a one-year hiatus from the Web.com Tour schedule in 2013 and return to the schedule in 2014.
Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee, quoted in a release, said the course's construction of a new clubhouse would interfere with hosting the event. College volleyball
Stanford women's volleyball coach John Dunning has been tabbed the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the fourth time. He guided the Cardinal to the team's 15th Pac-12 title and the program's 18th conference championship overall.
Stanford's Carly Wopat, Inky Ajanaku, Jordan Burgess and Brittany Howard were named to the 14-player
Oregon outside hitter Alaina Bergsma was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Cal begins NCAA tournament play Thursday at 3 p.m. when it meets North Carolina for a first-round match in Ames, Iowa. Saint Mary's takes on San Diego State on Thursday in Los Angeles at 5 p.m. Stanford plays host to Jackson State at 8 p.m. Friday.
The Walnut Creek Aquanuts will represent the United States at the FINA Synchronized Swimming World Trophy this weekend in Mexico City.
Local athletes competing are Morgan Boneburg (Clayton, 2012 Junior World Team member); Sophia Bouzos (Walnut Creek, 2012 U.S. Open Champion); Karina Boyle (Walnut Creek, 2012 Junior World Team member); Jasmine Carillo (Walnut Creek, 2011 13-15 national team member); Rina Horii (Walnut Creek, 2012 U.S. Open Champion, 2011 junior national team member); Sarah House (Lafayette, 2012 U.S. Open Champion, 2011 junior national team member); Remy Mink (Alamo, 2012 national age group champion); Sandra Ortellado (Walnut Creek, 2012 junior world duet and team member); Alexa Tchekmarev (Walnut Creek, two-time Grand Slam national champion, 2012 junior world team member); Lizzie Welzien (San Ramon, 2012 U.S. Open Champion).
The participating countries in the event are the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine.
Wire services contributed to this report.