Lomachenko vs Pedraza: TV channel, live stream, start time and undercard for world title showdown in New York

Hi-Tech is the WBA lightweight and Ring Magazine champion after a masterclass against Jorge Linares in May and is looking to unify world titles against WBO king Jose Pedraza.

New York is the venue as Loma looks to continue his rise up the ranks and cement his reputation as one of the finest boxers on the planet.

But Pedraza, who has a career record of 25-1, will be no pushover after he won the WBO crown again Ray Beltran back in August.

When is Lomachenko vs Pedraza?

THIS world title clash is set for Sunday, December 9.

Get the coffee ready as the bout is expected around 3am UK time.

Loma turned pro in 2013 but has fought just twelve times, with his only defeat a split-decision loss against Mexican Orlando Salido.

Which TV channel is it on and can I live stream?

YOU can watch all the action unfold on BoxNation.

On air from 1.30am, you can enjoy the undercard before the main event at the Hulu Theater.

The channel is included with BT Sport subscriptions, whilst it can be bought for £12-per-month on Sky (427), Freeview (268), Virgin Media (546), BT TV (415) and Talktalk (415).

If you want to stream, head to the Boxnation website and use their web player or download the app on your mobile or tablet.

What they said

Lomachencko: “I am ready to fight an excellent opponent like Jose Pedraza. My goal has always been to unify the titles, and Pedraza is standing in my way.

"There is something special about fighting in New York City and at Madison Square Garden. The fans in New York City are true boxing fans, and I can’t wait to put on another spectacular performance for them.”

Pedraza: "I am grateful to have this opportunity, since I didn’t get the chance to unify titles when I was champion in the junior lightweight division.

“In this division, I will achieve my goal, and I will do it against one of the best boxers in the world. There will be a surprise on December 8!” 

Who is on the undercard?

  • Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jose Pedraza (WBO, WBA (Super) and The Ring lightweight world titles)
  • Isaac Dogboe vs Emanuel Navarrete (WBO super-bantamweight world title)
  • Teofimo Lopez vs Mason Menard (vacant NABF lightweight title)
  • Brian Cabello vs Daniel Calzada (welterweight bout)

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Free horse racing tips for today: Market Rasen, Wincanton, Leicester and Chelmsford – The Wizard of Odds' betting preview for Thursday, December 6

His trainer has been in great form this season.

Magic dust

EACH-WAY DOUBLE: BARON DU PLESSIS (3.10 Wincanton) has been called a few names in his time but he has ability and in-form Ian Williams has fitted cheekpieces for the first time, which could make the difference.

Pair him with DYLIEV (3.20 Leicester) who didn’t stay when fourth last time and takes a welcome drop in trip today.

 

MONEY TALKS: SAAHEQ (8.30 Chelmsford) has been a beaten favourite on his past two starts and the money could be down again today.

 

IN-FORM: Tom Lacey has had six wins from his past 12 runners so watch his SNAPDRAGON FIRE (2.05) and DIMMESDALE (3.40) at Wincanton today.


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NBA Rumors: Coach Steve Kerr Talks About Facing LeBron James-less Cavaliers, ‘It’s Just Different’

The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers built one of the most intense rivalries in the NBA history. Both teams have ruled their respective conferences in the last four years where the Warriors beat the Cavaliers thrice in the NBA Finals and succeeded to establish a dynasty. However, this year is expected to be different, especially after LeBron James left the Cavaliers in the recent free agency.

Without James, most people believe that the Eastern Conference will have a new representative in the NBA Finals 2019. On Wednesday night, the Warriors faced the Cavaliers for the first time in the 2018-19 NBA season. The Cavaliers established an impressive performance earlier in the game and finished the first half with a six-point lead. Unfortunately, the Warriors exploded in the second half and defeated the Cavaliers, 129-105, in their own house.

In a post-game interview, Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr was asked how he felt returning to the Quicken Loans Arena playing against the LeBron James-less Cavaliers.

“It’s just different walking into the building,” Kerr said, via Yahoo Sports. “There’s still a ton of great memories, some of the best basketball I’ve ever seen in my life played between these two teams over the last four seasons. Obviously, they have a new team, so you move on. Part of me is a little nostalgic for that. I’ll miss that.”

The departure of LeBron James didn’t only take away the Cavaliers’ status as a legitimate title contender, but they may even have a hard time earning a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this season. Without James, the Cavaliers struggled in the 2018-19 NBA season and are currently sitting in the No. 13 spot in the Eastern Conference with a 5-19 record. After realizing that they don’t have the capability to contend for the NBA championship title, the Cavaliers decided to move some of their veterans to focus on the development of their young players.

While the Cavaliers lost the best basketball player on the planet, the Warriors have managed to make a huge upgrade on their roster with the acquisition of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins in the recent free agency. Though Cousins remains sideline due to injury, he is expected to rejoin the Warriors when the real battle begins in the Western Conference Playoffs.

The Warriors may no longer need to worry about the Cavaliers this season, but LeBron James will still be trying to block their way on their road to the NBA Finals 2019. As of now, James and the Los Angeles Lakers are starting to build a good chemistry and expected to be one of the major threats to the Warriors in the postseason.

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Provincial men’s curling championship coming back to Winnipeg

The provincial men’s curling championship is returning to the Manitoba capital.

Curl Manitoba announced on Wednesday the 2020 Viterra Championship will be hosted by the Charleswood Curling Club at the nearby Eric Coy Arena in Winnipeg.

“It is exciting for us to be hosting a provincial championship once again,” the President of the Charleswood Curling Club Scott Barenz said in a media release.

“Our committee of hardworking volunteers are prepared to put on a great event in Winnipeg.”

It’ll be the first time the Charleswood Curling Club hosts the men’s championship after they ran the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts for the women’s provincial championship in 2017.

“The Charleswood Curling Club did a fantastic job of hosting the 2017 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts,” CurlManitoba Executive Director Craig Baker said. “We know the committee will create another memorable event for all fans and curlers in the province.”

The provincial men’s curling championship was originally held in Winnipeg every year. In the 1960’s they started to move the event around the province and it’s only been contested in Winnipeg once in the last 23 years.

The bonspiel was last played in Winnipeg in 2014 at Bell MTS Iceplex, when it was won by Jeff Stoughton.

RELATED: Strong start for Manitoba’s new curling dream team

The city of Virden will host the 2019 Viterra Championship starting on Feb. 6.

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Cummins emerges as Kohli nemesis

In just four balls, Australian paceman Pat Cummins has become Virat Kohli's nemesis.

Cummins has twice in four deliveries in Test cricket dethroned the Indian king.

In the first Test in Adelaide on Thursday, Cummins dismissed Kohli with his third ball of the innings, and third to the Indian captain.

Pat Cummins celebratesVirat Kohli’s wicket as the batsman stands at the crease after Usman Khawaja’s catch.Credit:AAP

In Ranchi in March last year, the Australian quick claimed Kohli's scalp with the only ball he bowled at the Indian hero.

Both times, Kohli has fallen cheaply – just three runs in Adelaide, only six in Ranchi.

Kohli on Thursday fell to a barely believable catch by Usman Khawaja at gully.

The Indian skipper played a loose shot, driving away from his body to a fullish Cummins delivery.

The ball caught the edge of Kohli's bat and flew to the left of Khawaja who, diving at full-stretch, completed a stunning one-handed catch.

As Australian players mobbed Khawaja, a man not renowned for his fielding, Kohli stood at the batting crease in disbelief at the brilliant catch.

After a prolonged pause, Kohli turned and headed to the dressing room after a rare failure in Adelaide.

In the last Test he played in Adelaide in December 2014, Kohli posted twin tons – 115 and 141.

And in the January 2012 Test in Adelaide, Kohli scored 116 and 22.

Khawaja, who before the match detailed a fitness regime in which he had lost 10kg in weight, took the field on Thursday just two days after his brother was arrested following a counter-terrorism investigation.

Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday and charged with attempting to pervert justice and forgery.

He was granted bail amid accusations he framed a colleague with a fake terror hit-list targeting senior politicians.

Usman Khawaja didn't train with his Australian teammates on Wednesday, sticking with his customary Test-eve routine of skipping the optional session.

AAP 

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NBA Rumors: Lakers Tried To Acquire John Wall For Trade Package Centered On Lonzo Ball, Per ‘Bullets Forever’

Does trading for John Wall make sense for the Lakers?

The Washington Wizards are currently on the verge of a huge roster shakeup and have reportedly made every player on their roster, including superstars John Wall and Bradley Beal, available in trade discussions. It remains unknown how serious the Wizards are in moving their star players, but once Beal or Wall becomes officially available on the market, several NBA teams who are in dire need of a backcourt boost will surely express a strong interest just to add them to their roster.

One of the NBA teams who has reportedly inquired about John Wall’s availability via trade is the Los Angeles Lakers. Recently, a Twitter user named Gary the numbers guy claimed that an NBA source told him that the Lakers and the Wizards engaged in a trade discussion involving Wall, Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Lonzo Ball.

Kevin Broom of SB Nation’s Bullets Forever tried to verify the rumors by talking to his own sources, who are reportedly current NBA agents. Both sources confirmed the rumors and one of them revealed that the trade package that the Lakers offered to the Wizards for Wall was centered on former No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball. Unfortunately for the Purple and Gold, the Wizards refused to send Wall to Los Angeles.

“Source No. 1, a current NBA agent, surprised me by saying the story was true. The source said it’s something Rich Paul — agent to LeBron James and, as of January 2016, John Wall — was orchestrating. But, according to this source, the Wizards were saying no. I was still dubious, so I checked with Source No. 2, another current NBA agent who’s at least as dialed in as Source No. 1. Source No. 2 said the rumor is true. This source said Ball and Caldwell-Pope were definitely in the deal, but that there was still discussion whether the third player would be Ingram, Josh Hart, or Kyle Kuzma.”

The potential acquisition of John Wall will undeniably boost the Lakers’ performance, especially on the offensive end of the floor. Wall will give the Lakers a very reliable scoring option next to LeBron James. This season, the 28-year-old point guard is averaging 21.3 points, 8.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 block on 44.3 percent shooting from the field and 32.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

However, it remains a big question mark if Wall is worth giving up valuable trade assets like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart. Aside from losing most of their young core, trading for Wall will greatly affect the Lakers’ salary cap flexibility for the next couple of years as his massive contract extension is set to kick in next season.

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VRC slams Racing NSW’s decision to run $7.5 million race on Derby Day

VRC chair Amanda Elliott has slammed Racing NSW's decision to schedule a new $7.5 million race at Rosehill on Derby Day, describing it as one that shows little regard for or interest in "the bigger picture".

She said scheduling three feature races in Sydney on consecutive Saturdays – from Cox Plate day to the final day of the VRC calendar – without due consideration of the impact the decision would have on racing's participants was a process foreign to the VRC.

VRC chair Amanda Elliott is not happy with Racing NSW’s scheduling.Credit:AAP

In addition to the Golden Eagle, which is a set-weight race for four-year-olds on Derby Day, Racing NSW has also scheduled the Bondi Stakes, a $1 million race for three-year-olds over 1600 metres, at Randwick on Cox Plate day while the Golden Gift, a $1 million race for two-year-olds over 1100 metres, will be run at Rosehill on the final day of the Flemington carnival.

The decision will test the depth of quality horses available to contest the card of group races on Derby Day and force jockeys to make tough decisions on where they spend their Saturdays during spring.

"The VRC has always taken its responsibility for Cup week very seriously, in part because of the benefits it brings to the national racing landscape," Elliott said.

"It not only sits comfortably amongst the top two or three racing events in the world, importantly, it drives investment into our thoroughbred racing industry for all participants, whether they be owners, trainers, jockeys, breeders, punters, or small country race clubs.

"Significantly, it is the single biggest economic contributor to the national economy of any sporting event.

"What I find baffling, is the seeming lack of understanding of the importance of this as evidenced by recent decisions of RNSW – the lack of understanding of the importance of racing patterns and the rhythm of the calendar for all participants.

"Nothing about the conduct of those north of the border suggests that they have any interest whatsoever in the bigger picture.

"Throwing money at 'initiatives' in an isolated parochial way, with no sense of respect nor apparent interest in any impact to these crucial foundations and drivers of our industry, seems foreign to us at the VRC."

Racing Victoria has itself acted unilaterally, announcing last month it was introducing the All-Star Mile to be run over 1600 metres in the autumn carnival next year, a decision it announced before gauging the reaction of Racing NSW.

This was widely seen as a response to Racing NSW's $13 million sprint, The Everest, which was first run in 2017.

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‘He gets people’: Dean captaincy comes early

Travis Dean’s ascension to state captaincy came earlier than Victoria were expecting, but the opener has long been viewed as a future leader by the Victorian hierarchy.

Dean, 26, will lead the Vics in their Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at the MCG, which begins on Friday, replacing Peter Handscomb after the latter’s recall to the Australian Test XI.

Travis Dean will captain Victoria.Credit:Penny Stephens

The change in leadership is one of a raft of changes for the table-topping Victorians, forced into a substantial reshuffle because of national call-ups and injury.

With Handscomb, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris all batting in the top six for Australia, spots have opened up in the Vics’ top order.

Matt Short and Cameron White both return after being overlooked for last week’s match against Queensland at the Gabba, while young gun Will Pucovski is a welcome inclusion after being sidelined for more than a month because of a mental health issue.

Former Test batsman Nic Maddinson, who crossed to Victoria in the winter after losing his NSW contract, is set to play his first shield game for his new state after strong form in the Futures League.

Gloveman Sam Harper has also been named to replace the injured Seb Gotch, who is set to miss between four and six weeks with a finger fracture and associated tendon and ligament damage.

Veteran paceman Andrew Fekete is another inclusion, replacing Peter Siddle, who unlike Chris Tremain has not been released to play in the shield this week despite missing out on Australia’s Test XI.

Fekete is not expected to take on the Warriors however, with the Vics tipped to back frontline bowlers Tremain, Scott Boland, James Pattinson and Jon Holland to get the job done with the ball, with support from all-rounders Short and Glenn Maxwell.

Dean has plenty of captaincy experience at junior and club level and Victoria have long viewed the quiet but highly respected batsman as a potential skipper.

Since Matthew Wade’s departure for Tasmania, the Vics have generally relied on either Handscomb or Finch to lead. Veteran Cameron White, who captained Victoria in a full-time capacity for the best part of a decade and has filled in on occasion in recent seasons was called upon last summer when options were limited, but it was decided at the end of the season that younger options like Dean and Harris should be prioritised.

Victorian coach Andrew McDonald acknowledged that he hadn’t necessarily anticipated Dean would captain the Vics so soon, noting that the situation whereby Harris, Handscomb and Finch were all playing for Australia had only arisen given the exceptional circumstances of the ball-tampering scandal and its fall-out.

But McDonald suggested Dean was ready for the challenge.

“Did we see it happening this week? Probably not,” McDonald said on Thursday.

“But it was always something we were working towards with him.

“[Dean] gets people. He’s ready to go, as well as anyone can be in their first crack at captaincy, so we’re pretty confident he’s the man to lead the group and see how it all unfolds for him.’’

Dean has had a lean start to the Shield season and made a pair in Brisbane last week but McDonald said there was never a consideration to drop the opener, and that his form wasn’t taken into account when making the call to hand him the captaincy.

“We didn’t see this as a burden, we see this as a natural progression."

McDonald also said Maxwell's likely ongoing involvement with Australia’s one-day team contributed to him being overlooked for the role, with the Vics keen to not have a revolving door of captains.

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Melbourne United aim to chase Brisbane Bullets off three-point line

Last week Melbourne United had their players and coaches spread between three teams and two countries while the NBL paused for FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

Melbourne had Mitch McCarron, David Barlow and Craig Moller in camp with the Australian Boomers, although they played both games in Melbourne, while Alex Pledger, Tohi Smith-Milner and assistant coach Paul Henare were in New Zealand with the Tall Blacks as the remainder of the side trained and waited.

This week has been about getting everyone back on the same page before they visit the Brisbane Bullets on Saturday then host them at Melbourne Arena on Monday night.

Mitch McCarron.Credit:AAP

If Melbourne's star players needed a warning about the dangerous nature of these two games, they certainly received one from the team's reserves at training on Thursday.

At the end of training scrimmage the "white team" took the game to the team's leading six players and they caused a few defensive headaches using some of the Bullets’ favoured offensive sets.

What followed was a lengthy and frank team talk as the bench exposed some indecisiveness between the starters on defence, something the potent Bullets attack could profit from as the likes of Cameron Gliddon and Jason Cadee would end up with open shots.

The Bullets will look a little different this round as they have released import guard Stephen Holt and will have Jeremy Kendle filling in until they sign a replacement.

Melbourne guard Chris Goulding has made strides in regaining full fitness after battling back from a knee injury, he is expected to face the Bullets and coach Dean Vickerman tipped his captain to make further progress in the coming weeks.

McCarron was on the blue team on Thursday and said his side knew they had to improve their defence against the Bullets.

"Today was great with a nice, competitive practice," McCarron said.

"The Bullets are tough and I have a lot of respect for [coach] Andrej [Lemanis] and his staff and they have some really smart players who have played in that system for a long time.

"They are very similar to a Perth Wildcats, in that if you try and run [guess] their offence they will break it off as they have smart players who will get easy baskets.

"We have to chase Gliddon off the [three-point] line as he has been hot for a while and Jason is now hot after the Boomers game so we have to get him off the line as well."

Cadee (21 points) and Gliddon (17 points) were the two leading scorers in the Boomers thrashing of Qatar on Monday night and the Bullets almost upset Melbourne in Melbourne last month knocking down 15 of 34 three-point shots in a 102-94 loss.

"We had a target last time to try and defend the three-point line and they knocked that over before half time," Vickerman said.

"They made 15 threes and you don't lose too may games in this league when you make 15 threes, so it's kind of similar to defending Melo Trimble from Cairns – do you focus on him or let him go for numbers then try to do something about stopping the rest.

"We are not satisfied with how we guarded the three-point line last time, so there has been a focus on how we defend that."

Melbourne United play Brisbane at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday at 2.50pm (AEDT), then the two teams play at Melbourne Arena on Monday at 7.50pm.

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Simmons’ hopes of leading Philadelphia to NBA finals receive a jolt

Ben Simmons' hopes of leading Philadelphia to the NBA Finals have received a jolt with the league's hottest team Toronto scoring a dominating win.

The Raptors ran away from the 76ers in the final quarter to claim a 113-102 victory on Wednesday in Toronto.

Mixed night: Ben Simmons dribbles past Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Credit:Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY

It extends the Raptors' winning streak in Toronto over Philadelphia to 13.

Simmons fell just short of a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, but he contributed seven turnovers.

"Obviously, they are going to be a playoff team and we are going to see them down the road," said the Raptors' Kawhi Leonard, who had 36 points and nine rebounds.

LeBron James' off-season defection from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference has opened a path for teams in the east.

The Raptors, with the addition of Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs, have the best record in the NBA with wins in 21 of their 26 games this season.

The 76ers are third in the Eastern Conference, falling to a 17-win, nine-loss record.

The Raptors only led 78-77 going into the final quarter, but the 76ers were no match despite their All-Star recruit Jimmy Butler scoring a season-high 38 points and 10 rebounds.

The Raptors and Leonard have had the edge on the 76ers.

Leonard has never lost in 12 career meetings with Philadelphia, including two victories this season.

Leonard shot 13 for 24 from the field and finished one point shy of his season high.

AAP

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