Sports shorts: Pacquiao, Rios set for bout in China

2013-05-07T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Pacquiao, Rios set for bout in ChinaStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

LOS ANGELES - Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring Nov. 23 against Brandon Rios at the Macau Venetian resort in China, Pacquiao's promoter said Monday.

The welterweight fight will be televised by HBO pay-per-view. Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 knockouts) and Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) are each coming off losses, but veteran promoter Bob Arum said the desire to match the two punchers was impossible to resist and should produce a big audience in the U.S. and China because they'll "mix it up."

Golf

UA men's team picked for NCAA regional

The Arizona men's golf team was selected Monday to play in an NCAA regional May 16-18 in Tempe - the Wildcats' 26th postseason appearance in 27 years.

UA will be seeded 11th in the 14-team region. UCLA is No. 1. The top five teams and one individual will advance to the NCAA Championships May 28-June 3 in Atlanta.

• In St. Augustine, Fla., stars Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie were inducted Monday into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with former player-analyst Ken Venturi, ex-European Tour chief Ken Schofield and architect Willie Park Jr. The Hall now has 146 members.

Local sports

TSA sends 4 youth soccer teams to Honolulu

For the first time in its history, four teams from the Tucson Soccer Academy have qualified for the US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships.

The TSA's 95 Red Girls, 96 Red Girls, 98 Red Boys and 95 Red Boys will compete in mid-June in Honolulu. All but the 95 Red Boys won state titles last weekend.

• FC Tucson added six more players to its 2013 roster: Michael D'Arrigo, Eli Galbraith-Knapp, Connor Brandt and Stephen Posa from the University of San Diego and Greg Carter and Conner Bevans from Gonzaga. D'Arrigo and Galbraith-Knapp played for FC Tucson last season.

• The Pima College women's tennis team tied for eighth after the second day of the NJCAA tournament at Jim Reffkin Tennis Center. No. 4 Amy Beeston and No. 5 Julienne Cananea advanced to today's singles quarterfinals.

Miscellaneous

Forbes poll: Tebow most influential athlete

NEW YORK - Even on the unemployment line, Tim Tebow remains a popular presence.

The former Jets quarterback, cut by New York last week, was selected as America's most influential athlete, according to a survey released Monday by Forbes.com. He finished ahead of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, track star Usain Bolt and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

• The Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe on Monday after eight years. He and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who was cut by Baltimore in April, were the two most vocal advocates for gay rights in the league.

• Browns draft pick Armonty Bryant was charged Monday with driving under the influence of alcohol, the latest legal trouble for the defensive end.

• Jason Collins, the NBA veteran who last week announced he was gay, is disputing reports from publishing insiders who say he is shopping a book deal.

• Maria Sharapova rallied from a break down in the first set to beat Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 7-5, 6-2 Monday and reach the second round of the Madrid Open.

• In cycling, Luca Paolini of Italy used a late solo attack to win the third stage of the Giro d'Italia on Monday and take the overall lead from compatriot Salvatore Puccio.

Includes material from news releases

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Activate

Latest Sports Video

More videos

Sean Miller and players on Oakland win

Sean Miller, Stanley Johnson and Brandon Ashley discuss their win against Oakland.


Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Featured businesses

View more...

Deals, offers & events

View more...