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Forget the extravagant claims of greatness and fight-of-the-year talk. Lebron James Sneakers Wholesale . Last Saturdays Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev bout was boxings version of a beggars banquet -- nothing epic, just a decent meal after a steady diet of stale sandwiches and flat beer at pay-per-view prices.Wards unanimous decision victory (114-113 on all three official cards) didnt really settle much, and had it been a fight between lesser lights, its unlikely we would still be talking about it.But boxings core audience was emotionally invested in the match. It was the showdown it craved and lobbied for, a fight between a pair of undefeated light heavyweights who seemed made for each other. A relentless power puncher against a master craftsman, but with a double twist: The puncher could box, and the craftsman had a mean streak.Expectations were high, a little too high as it turned out. But thats the burden all major matches must bear during boxings seemingly never-ending winter of discontent.Ward-Kovalev had no shortage of tension and suspense, but with the possible exception of Kovalev knocking down Ward in the second round, there were few memorable highlights. Clinches were more numerous than meaningful exchanges, and neither man ever mounted an all-out attack, even though they must have known it was close.We should have learned by now that the best-fighting-the-best formula does not necessarily guarantee a great fight. Thats up to the fighters. But the odds in favor of something exceptional happening are obviously enhanced when the combatants are among the elite.During the prefight hype, Ward-Kovalev was likened to the first bout between Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya, in 2000, a superb example of a brilliant fight between exceptional fighters at the peak of their careers. Shane and Oscar held nothing back and tore into each other virtually nonstop from first bell to last. It was magnificent stuff fought at the highest level.We werent that lucky Saturday. Neither Ward nor Kovalev seemed as eager as Mosley and De La Hoya to risk all in the quest for glory, which is, of course, a prerequisite for true greatness.But these are trying times. Boxing has been sinking in a sea of mediocrity since the crushing disappointment of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fiasco and the ensuing backlash.Ward-Kovalev didnt quite live up to expectations but provided enough of a boost to keep boxings bent nose above water. That has to count for something.Its easy to understand why a sizable number of viewers believed Kovalev deserved to have his hand raised and were ticked off when he didnt.I, too, had the Krusher ahead, 115-113. But theres a difference between a robbery and a controversial decision, and Ward-Kovalev fell into the latter category. It was that kind of fight. Neither ever gained total control.At first it looked as if Kovalev were about to dispatch Ward with the sudden violence of a man who laughs at his victim as he falls. He staggered Ward in the first round with a jab and knocked him down in the second with a right to the head. Nothing to it, right?Ward seem seconds away from oblivion, but in the face of the greatest crisis of his career, he found the resiliency to keep going. He hung in there through the first half of the fight, taking his lumps, getting in his own share of the blows, but generally falling further behind.As things progressed, however, Wards subtle but highly effective work to the body began to sap Kovalevs strength. You could see the change in the Russians face, and Andre had the better of it most of the way down the stretch. Not by much, but apparently enough to win by a single point on each card.The promoters ambitiously named Ward-Kovalev Pound for Pound, alluding to the notion that the winner would ascend to the top of the mythical rankings. It didnt seem that big a leap of faith at the time. Going in, Kovalev and Ward were No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, in ESPN.coms P4P hierarchy. Now, not so much.Pound-for-pound is such an arbitrary and subjective concept, an argument can be made for the inclusion of any number of boxers, depending on ones criteria. For me, P4P is an arena of the mind, where all the boxers are the same size and compete against one another.Playing by those rules, nothing that took place at T-Mobile Arena last Saturday convinced me that either Ward or Kovalev should advance above Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez and Gennady Golovkin, currently No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Others, Im sure, have different ideas.Putting too much emphasis on P4P rankings can backfire. Right now boxing is like an unfaithful spouse trying to patch things up with its partner. Its going to take a long time and a lot more than one or two good fights. Ward-Kovalev was a good start, but only a start. A rematch could be another.An occasional good fight is nowhere near enough. Continuity is vital to even a minor boxing renaissance. The hardcore audience isnt going anywhere. Theyre hooked on boxing and are in it for the duration. The sport has to round up the strays and seduce the casuals to thrive. And thats not going to be easy.The answer is the same as in any business: consistent quality at a reasonable price -- not exactly boxings governing business model. But every now and then we get lucky. The next few months might, just might, be one of those times.The upcoming schedule is PPV free and features Vasyl Lomachenko-Nicholas Walters on Nov. 26 and Terence Crawford-John Molina on Dec. 10. Molina is unlikely to last long with Crawford, but Lomachenko-Walters is intriguing.Badou Jack-James DeGale (Jan. 14), Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz II and Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia (Mar. 4) await us in the new year. All have promise, and with a bit of luck, could keep things going.Its boxing were talking about, so undue confidence is foolish. Fights fall apart for countless reasons. It comes with the territory. But the upcoming schedule is promising, and if things fall into place, we could look back on Ward-Kovalev as the start of a roll.It was, at the very least, a time when arguably the two best fighters in their division chose to fight each other. Thats never a bad thing. Cheap Lebron James Shoes . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. Cheap Wholesale Lebrons .2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for the leagues broadcast and multimedia rights. . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The latest memorable night for David Ortiz ended badly for the Boston Red Sox.Ortiz became the oldest player ever to hit 30 homers in a season, but the Tampa Bay Rays came back from a three-run deficit to beat Boston 4-3 in 11 innings Wednesday night and prevent the Red Sox from taking sole possession of first place in the AL East.Its hard to lose a game like that at this time, Ortiz said. You expect to win that kind of game, especially (in) the stage that we are in now. Luke Maile doubled with two out in the 11th and scored from second base after Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree (4-1) dropped a throw to first on Kevin Kiermaiers grounder. Hembrees throw to the plate beat Maile, but catcher Sandy Leon dropped the ball as Maile slid across with the winning run.Thats kind of a routine 3-to-1 play, Boston manager John Farrell said. Unfortunately it comes at a time where youve got two outs and the guy is on the move and it ends up being the difference in this one.Brad Boxberger (2-0) got the win after one inning of relief.Its fun anytime you can walk off in front of your fans and have a celebration out there on the field. We dont get to do that very much, Kiermaier said. Its a win. Well take it.Boston has won 10 of its last 13 games and remained tied in first with Toronto after the Blue Jays lost 8-2 to the Angels.Bidding to become the majors first 18-game winner, Rick Porcello allowed Evan Longorias tying homer in the eighth before leaving with 7 2/3 innings pitched. It was Longorias 30th homer.Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi left the game in the seventh with a left knee sprain after being tagged out by shortstop Matt Duffy on a double play.Its stiff. I can put a little bit of weight (on it), not trying to push it or overdo it, Benintendi said. Come back tomorrow and see how it feels. It was bad baserunning. It shouldnt happen.The 40-year-old Ortiz hit the first pitch he got from starter Matt Andriese in the first inning for a two-run homer. Ortiz is the only player with 30 homers and 100 RBI in each of the past four seasons, and hes the first Red Sox player to drive in 100 runs 10 times.We need that, we need offense, Ortiz said. Weve had a good offense this year and thats whats keeping us alive, so hopefully it continues.Ortiz hass 533 home runs, one shy of Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the career list. Cheap Lebrons From China. Ortiz plans to retire at the end of the season.Porcello pitched seven or more innings in a career-high sixth straight start. His 123 pitches were a career high. The right-hander gave up three runs and nine hits while striking out eight, failing to win for only the second time in 11 starts since June 23.Mookie Betts drove in Bostons third run with a third-inning single, one of two hits in his 54th multihit game of the season.ROTATING ROTATIONBoston manager John Farrell said knuckleballer Steven Wright (strained right shoulder) will be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list to start Friday night against Kansas City. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (left hamstring) will have a bullpen session Thursday, which will help determine where he will be inserted into the rotation. Also to be determined is the role of RHP Clay Buchholz, who was moved out of the bullpen Aug. 13 and made three solid starts. Once we get through (Thursday) well have more clarity, Farrell said.SIX-MAN ROTATION LIKELY FOR RAYSWith Alex Cobb and/or Chase Whitley coming back from injuries and rookie Blake Snell facing limits on his innings, the Rays are considering a six-man rotation down the stretch, and even that would mean removing a current starter from the mix.I think thats probably a good option, manager Kevin Cash said. Were not going to draw straws and say one guys out of the rotation, but were going to have to find a way to get everybody their innings.TRAINERS ROOMRed Sox: 3B Pablo Sandoval, expected to be ready for spring training next year after having left shoulder surgery in May, has resumed working out at third base. ... RHP Carson Smith (Tommy John surgery) will start throwing in 3 1/2 weeks.Rays: RHP Cobb (Tommy John surgery) will make his final rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Durham and hopes to have his first major league appearance in almost two years during a series Sept. 2-4 against Toronto.UP NEXTLHP Drew Pomeranz will make his eighth start for the Red Sox on Thursday against Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi, who is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike Basketball Jerseys Hockey Jerseys China Supply Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Sale Authentic College Jerseys MLB Jerseys China Stitched Soccer Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Jerseys ' ' '