Boxer Canelo Alvarez signs $365 million deal with streaming service
Canelo Alvarez is boxing’s new $365 million man. Alvarez signed an 11-fight deal that his promotional company said is the richest athlete contract in sports history, guaranteeing the Mexican middleweight champion at least that much money to have his fights shown on the sports-streaming service DAZN, beginning with his next bout. Alvarez will move up in weight to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden.
US women win CONCACAF title
Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan each scored and the US women beat rival Canada, 2-0, in the championship match of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament in Frisco, Texas. The United States has gone undefeated in 26 straight matches (23-0-3) dating to last year . . . Victor Rodriguez had a goal and an assist to help the visiting Seattle Sounders beat Orlando City, 2-1, and clinch their 10th consecutive playoff berth . . . The English Football Association dropped its plans to sell Wembley Stadium after American sports magnate Shad Khan withdrew his offer amid opposition. Khan owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and Premier League soccer club Fulham. He had offered $790 million for the stadium.
Penny indicted on tampering charges
Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Walker County district attorney’s office in Huntsville, Texas, said Penny was arrested by a fugitive task force Wednesday in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and awaits extradition to Texas. The indictment alleges Penny ordered the removal of documents from the Karolyi Ranch relating to Nassar’s activities at the ranch, near Huntsville. The indictment also alleges the removal was aimed at impairing the ongoing investigation of Nassar.
Larson docked by NASCAR
Kyle Larson was docked 10 points by NASCAR for a rules violation that could bring an end to his championship chances. Chip Ganassi Racing was penalized for breaking NASCAR’s policy on damaged vehicles during the race at Talladega Superspeedway last Sunday. The points deduction dropped Larson to 36 points below the cutoff for the final transfer position to the third round of the playoffs. NASCAR will cut the playoff field from 12 to eight drivers following Sunday’s race at Kansas. Larson crew chief Chad Johnston was fined $25,000 for the infraction and car chief David Bryant was suspended one race.
Shelton-Mosley out for year
Harvard All-American senior receiver/returner Justice Shelton-Mosley will be sidelined the final five games of the season with a knee injury, suffered in the Crimson’s 28-24 loss at Cornell in Week 3. Following the Ivy’s 30 percent/three-game rule, he is ineligible to return for a fifth season, but would be eligible to play outside the league as a graduate transfer . . . Harvard junior kicker Jake McIntyre and Merrimack freshman quarterback Christian Carter received the Week 7 Gold Helmets from the New England Football Writers. McIntyre booted four goals, including a game-inning 25-yard kick as time expired in a 33-31 win over Holy Cross. Carter accounted for 542 yards and fired five TD passes in a 38-24 win . . . In closing arguments at a trial exploring corruption in big-time college basketball, Assistant US Attorney Noah Solowiejczyk told a jury in federal court in Manhattan that a former Adidas executive and two co-defendants were shady fixers who put Louisville, Kansas, and other universities at risk for costly sanctions by the NCAA by concealing the prohibited payments. The coverup also tricked colleges into giving scholarships to players who should have been ineligible, he said. Steven Haney, the lawyer for one of the three defendants, business manager Christopher Dawkins, called the government ‘‘theory’’ that the schools were victims ‘‘flawed.’’ He claimed that his client thought he was helping the programs succeed to the benefit of everyone involved . . . The University of Connecticut and IMG announced a 15-year contract extension for licensing and multimedia rights to broadcast and promote Huskies athletics. IMG will pay UConn at least $96 million in royalties.
Laura Davies won the Senior LPGA Championship at chilly and windy French Lick Resort in Indiana to sweep the two senior major events of the year. The 55-year-old Englishwoman birdied the final hole for a 2-under-par 70 and a four-stroke victory over Helen Alfredsson and Silvia Cavalleri. Davies won the inaugural US Senior Women's Open in July . . . The Ottawa Senators will be without Brady Tkachuk, who played one season for Boston University, for about a month after the rookie winger out of Boston University tore a ligament in his leg . . . The Anaheim Ducks signed holdout power forward Nick Ritchie to a three-year contract. Ritchie missed the entire preseason and six regular-season games while holding out for a better deal as a restricted free agent . . . Veteran guard Jamal Crawford officially signed a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns. Crawford is a three-time winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man award and has appeared in 1,262 regular-season games, ranking him 30th on the NBA career list. He is entering his 19th year in the league . . . Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and the operation went as expected. The team didn’t provide a timetable for Gregorius to return, but he is expected to miss much of next season . . . Marc Pelletier will step down after 30 years as varsity baseball coach at Central Catholic High School. Pelletier led the Raiders to 11 Merrimack Valley Conference titles.