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Jan 8, 2013 7:45pm
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OAKLAND, Calif. Arian Foster Black Jersey . —All that was
missing for Andre Ward as he swept through the Super Six tournament and earned
fighter of the year award was a knockout punch. Against Chad Dawson he delivered
it. Ward knocked out Dawson in the 10th round with his third knockdown punch of
the night to defend his WBC-WBA super middleweight titles Saturday and delight
his hometown crowd. “Thats what we needed,” Ward said. “A lot of people in
boxing are knockout hungry. Everybody wants the knock out. I tell people you can
still entertain without a knockout. But a knockout is always great. Thats the
last piece of the puzzle in my game that I want to keep working on. This is the
first step toward that tonight against a top of the line opponent.” Ward (26-0,
14 KOs) knocked down Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) late in the third round and early in
the fourth to take control of the fight and finished him off with a combination
at 2:45 of the 10th. Dawson, the WBC light heavyweight champion, moved down a
weight class from 175 pounds to 168 to take on Ward. Dawson also was willing to
fight in Wards hometown of Oakland, where an enthusiastic crowd had previously
cheered Ward on to four wins. But Dawson proved to be no match for Ward, who
punished the challenger repeatedly with his strong left hand. Ward, the reigning
fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, ran through a
strong field in the Super Six super middleweight tournament, capping it with a
decision over Carl Froch in December that made him the undisputed champion of
the weight class. Ward also is the last American to win an Olympic gold medal,
doing it in Athens in 2004, and is widely considered one of the best
pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. He showed why against Dawson. But this
may have been one of his most impressive bouts. “I took a big risk fighting the
bigger man,” Ward said. “He had the advantage in height and reach but he
sacrificed the weight. In boxing you have to take a risk to get the prize.”
While both fighters are supremely talented and have accomplished careers, they
are not known for knockouts or showy fights. Dawsons last knockout came in 2007,
while Ward had not had one since beating Shelby Pudwill in 2009. “We showed that
we can do more than win decisions,” Ward said. “I have another gear. Im in my
prime. I feel like Im coming into my own at a championship level.” The fight
started that way with both fighters feeling each other out rather than punching
in the first round. Dawson got a cut over his right eye in the second round and
then things really heated up in the third, with both fighters opening up. In the
final minute of the round, Ward floored Dawson with a hard left hand. Dawson
staggered around for the finish of the round and then got knocked down again by
a left hook early in the fourth to the delight of the fans who were pleading for
a knockout. Ward was in control the rest of the way, landing 155 power punches
to just 29 for Dawson, according to Compubox. He won all nine rounds on one card
and eight of nine on the other two before finishing Dawson off with a vicious
combination in the 10th round. “Hes a lot faster than I thought he would be,”
Dawson said. “He was strong too. I cant take anything away from him. He really
is one of the best.” Dawson rebounded from his only career loss in 2010 to Jean
Pascal to beat Bernard Hopkins in a unanimous decision in April to become
champion once again. After winning that, he called for a bout with Ward and was
willing to go on the road and down in weight to get that chance. It didnt pay
off and he said he will go back to 175 pounds for his next fight. “I want to
tell you as Chad Dawsons promoter that Andre Ward is one of the best fighters
Ive ever seen,” Gary Shaw said. In the co-feature earlier in the night, WBC
lightweight titleholder Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KOs) of Mexico beat John
Molina Jr. (24-2, 19 KOs) by technical knockout in the first round. Among the
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play and scored 19 points, including five straight in a clinching stretch early
in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks got a desperately needed 107-98 victory
over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.CHICAGO—Major Wright saw
Sam Bradford zeroing in on Danny Amendola and knew where the ball was headed. It
ultimately wound up in the end zone, and that was just fine with the Chicago
Bears. They got back to winning thanks to their defence, with Wright coming up
with the biggest play. He returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, and
Chicago beat the St. Louis Rams 23-6 on Sunday. The defence came to the rescue
against the Rams (1-2), holding them to 160 yards and sacking Bradford six
times. That was enough on a day when Jay Cutler struggled, and the Bears (2-1)
bounced back after an ugly loss to Green Bay the previous week. The Bears had
just kicked a field goal to extend their lead to 13-6 in the fourth quarter
before Wright made his key play. Bradford had been hit hard by Israel Idonije
and Stephen Paea on the previous play when Tim Jennings deflected a slant
intended for Amendola. Wright caught the ball at the 45 and ran untouched to the
end zone, making it a 14-point game and finally giving the Bears some breathing
room. “Sam Bradford was looking his way the whole time,” Wright said. “As we
were watching film, he is not the type of quarterback that is going to look one
way and go back the other way. He was honing in on that side and I was like, You
know what, let me take a shot over here, and I ended up taking a shot over
there. ... (Jennings) tipped it up and me being in the right spot at the right
time (I) took it in.” It wasnt exactly the sort of showing the Bears were
looking for after that brutal 23-10 loss to the Packers, but they got by because
the defence did its part. For the offence, well, thats two bad outings in a row.
“Some games, we are going to need to score 41,” coach Lovie Smith said. “Other
games, were not going to need to. Were going to have to play good, sound
football and make the plays when its required, and it was that type of day.” One
positive note for the offence was Cutler appearing to keep his composure in this
game. Considering he got sacked seven times, threw four interceptions and
berated and bumped left tackle JMarcus Webb on the sideline, that was an
improvement. Otherwise, there werent many positives for him. “Not every game is
going to be 41-21,” Cutler said, referring to the season-opening win over
Indianapolis. “Were not going to come out every game and blow the doors off
offensively and defensively. This is what is going to be more likely week in and
week out.” Cutler completed 17 of 31 passes for 183 yards. He was sacked twice
and threw an interception to Cortland Finnegan, who also delivered a shot after
the game. Asked what he saw from the Bears quarterback, he saiid, “Not much. Arian Foster Authentic Jersey. . Not much. I
think he had 190 yards passing, something like that. And no touchdowns. Typical
him.” Brandon Marshall had trouble hanging onto the ball at times and wound up
with five receptions for 71 yards after catching just two passes the previous
week. Michael Bush ran for 55 yards and a touchdown with Matt Forte sidelined by
a sprained right ankle. “Its not how we wanted to perform, but got a W,” Bush
said. Credit for that goes to the defence. Israel Idonije had 2 1/2 sacks, and
the Bears simply made it a miserable Bradford, who was 18 of 35 for 152 yards
with two interceptions. Steven Jackson managed just 29 yards rushing after
missing most of the previous game with a groin injury and sitting out practice
during the week, and Amendola had five catches for 55 yards after tying a club
record with 15 catches for 160 yards. “We definitely didnt play well today,”
Bradford said. “Give them credit, they played us tough. But I think there are a
lot of things when we look at the film that are going to fall on us. Things that
we were in control of and just didnt handle. It was a tough game, a lot for us
to learn from and move on as a group.” Protection might be at the top of the
list. Then again, the Bears had something to do with it, too. For all the
questions surrounding their defensive line, the results so far are good. They
came in tied for second in the league with eight sacks and added to their total
with another balanced effort. Its not just Julius Peppers being disruptive; hes
getting help, too. “Were fighting for the sacks,” said Paea, who had one. “Its
not just one person on the quarterback. Its two or three.” The effort on defence
was enough to overcome a subpar performance by the offence. When the Bears had
chances, they simply didnt take advantage. With Chicago leading by four early in
the final quarter, a 21-yard scramble by Cutler put the ball on the 6. But the
Bears settled for a field goal to make it 13-6 after he overthrew an open
Devin Hester in the end zone, the ball going through the receivers hands as he
tried to make a leaping catch. That drew more groans from an already weary
crowd, but the Bears came out on top. “Most games are like this,” Cutler said.
“Most games are slug-outs. Its a four-quarter game.” Notes: Jackson said
afterward that he wasnt risking further injury by playing and that he “came out
of this clean.” He added: “I just wish I could have been more productive and
help my team win.” ... Finnegan has an interception in each of the three games.
... Bears FB Evan Rodriguez left with a knee injury early in the game. ’ ’ ’ 

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