Danny Garcia beats D.C.'s Lamont Peterson by majority decision

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The Danny Garcia-Lamont Peterson fight ended with both fighters still swinging wildly and drawing “oohs

In their previous appearances in Brooklyn, unified junior welterweight Danny Garcia and light welterweight Lamont Peterson disappointed fans by beating underwhelming opponents. On Saturday night, Peterson and Garcia finally had their anticipated fight and did not disappoint. Garcia beat Peterson by majority decision night at the Barclays Center in a nontitle fight. Garcia (30-0) remained unbeaten by getting scores of 115-113 from Kevin Morgan and Steve Weisfeld. Don Ackerman ruled the fight was a draw with a 114-114 score. "That was a war," Garcia said. "That's what fans want to see. He stuck to his game plan and moved a lot. He did a good job and I did a good job." Garcia won eight rounds on Morgan's scorecard and seven on Weisfeld's. Ackerman had Garcia winning six of the first seven rounds before awarding the final five rounds to Peterson. "I don't know what that judge was thinking when he saw a draw," said Angel Garcia, the fighter's trainer and father. In their previous appearances in the building on Aug. 9, Garcia easily had a second-round knockout over Rod Salka while Peterson (33-3-1) went 10 rounds with Edgar Santana before the fight was stopped. Both sides had expressed the hope that they would fight each other sometime last year or this year. That fight was announced on Jan. 14 as part of NBC's prime-time boxing series, but about a month ago, Garcia said that he did not have sufficient time to make the mandatory 140-pound weight. That resulted in Garcia's fourth fight in this building also being his second straight nontitle fight since winning majority decision over Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico in March 2014. Even if there was not a title on the line, Garcia had the backing of most of the crowd, who watched him come on strong with right hands and combinations in the early rounds. In the fourth round, he smirked at Peterson as if saying, "Come on hit me." By the middle rounds, Garcia resumed hitting Peterson with a series of hard shots while the crowd chanted his name. Peterson finally showed some aggressiveness in the eighth that forced Garcia near the ropes. In the ninth, the action took place in the middle of the ring and Garcia landed a hard left uppercut early on. At one point, Peterson made a motion of a windup, withstood a few hard rights before finishing the ninth aggressively. In the 10th, Peterson danced around the ring and Garcia mockingly took a few steps but was still unable to get any traction with his punches. In the 11th, Garcia appeared to push Peterson to the canvas with his right glove and then absorbed several body shots. By the end of the round both fighters were wildly running around the edge of the ring. "My game plan all along, [was] slow it down make him miss, see where I can take my chances and capitalize," Peterson said. The fight ended with both fighters still swinging wildly and drawing "oohs and aahs" from the crowd. Garcia used a series of uppercuts but Peterson countered with some of his own. In the final minute, both continued swinging wildly and the fight ended with the fans giving the fighters a standing ovation from the largest boxing crowd in the 2 1/2-year history of the building. Both sides said they wouldn't mind a rematch but Peterson also knew how difficult getting this fight was. "I'll fight him again if that's what he wants," Peterson said. "It was hard enough getting him in the ring the first time but I don't expect it. But I'll gladly fight him again."

Soccer

Krieger suffers concussion in Spirit's opening loss

Washington Spirit captain Ali Krieger, a probable U.S. national team starter at the Women's World Cup this summer, was taken off the field on a stretcher Friday night in Houston after suffering a concussion and sore shoulder. She was cleared to travel and returned to Washington on the team flight. Krieger, 30, one of America's most experienced defenders, was injured in the 17th minute of the National Women's Soccer League's season opener, a 2-0 victory by the Houston Dash over the Spirit at BBVA Compass Stadium. On a Houston cross into the penalty area, Krieger rose for a header. The Dash's Jessica McDonald also attempted to head the ball and appeared to make contact with the side of Krieger's head. Krieger lay flat on her stomach as players waved for assistance. The medical staff placed a brace on her neck and used a spine board before fastening her onto a stretcher. Ashlyn HarrisKrieger suffered a concussion in August 2013 while playing for the Spirit and was sidelined for a few weeks. The latest injury comes less than two months before the World Cup in Canada. In Friday night's game, Carli Lloyd scored in first-half stoppage time for Houston, and Kealia Ohai added a second-half goal. The Spirit's home opener against defending champion FC Kansas City will be Saturday night in Boyds.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Major League Soccer: Lloyd Sam scored in the 90th minute, enabling the visiting New York Red Bulls (2-0-2) to earn a 2-2 tie with D.C. United (3-1-1). Goalkeeper Bill Hamid blocked Sacha Kljestan's free kick, but the ball squirted away and Sam beat his defender to the loose ball for the equalizer. Last week, D.C. United (3-1-1) became the fifth team in MLS history to win consecutive games with a stoppage-time goal. Perry Kitchen gave United a 1-0 lead after heading Taylor Kemp's 26th-minute corner kick off the post and into the net. In the 67th minute, Chris Rolfe navigated through New York's defense and found Kitchen, who took one touch and drilled a shot for a 2-0 lead. New York (2-0-2) answered a minute later when Damien Perrinelle headed in Felipe's corner kick for his first MLS goal.

Et cetera

Quarterback Lovelocke works out for Texans

Prairie View quarterback Jerry Lovelocke (Edmondson) worked out for the Houston Texans at their local prospect day Saturday and has been invited to the Ravens' local prospect day April 21 at team headquarters. "I'm just trying to show what I can do," Lovelocke said.

For more of Aaron Wilson's blog post on Lovelocke, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider.

More draft: Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson (City) visited the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago and worked out for the New York Giants on Thursday and the New York Jets on Friday. He'll also attend the Ravens' local prospect day.

For more of Aaron Wilson's blog post on Coxson, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider.

Minor league basketball: Curtis Massey (Bowie State) hit a 3-point shot with 4.7 seconds left to give the Bay Area Shuckers (9-7) a 131-130 win over the Winchester Storm (8-9) in an American Professional Basketball League first-round playoff game. The Shuckers will face the Rockville Victors (14-3) on Saturday. Gus Chase (St. Frances) led Bay Area with 33 points.

College baseball: No. 16 Maryland (24-9, 8-3 Big Ten) was hitless for the first five innings against Blake Hickman and lost, 3-1, to visiting Iowa (22-9, 7-1). ... Towson (8-23-1, 3-8 Colonial Athletic Association) rallied from a four-run deficit but lost, 5-4, at Hofstra (11-18, 3-8). Mark Grunberg, Colin Dyer, Chris Henze and Brendan Butler each had two hits in the loss.

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