NEW YORK (AP) -- Amir Khan's promoter has canceled the British boxer's fight against Lamont Peterson because of the American's failed drug test. Golden Boy Promotions announced on its website that the May 19 rematch for the WBA and IBF junior welterweight belts was called off. The statement Wednesday cited Peterson's positive doping test and the Nevada Athletic Commission's inability to hold a hearing on Peterson's licensing before Tuesday. The rematch in Las Vegas had been in doubt since Tuesday, when Athletic Commission executive Keith Kizer said a urine test in March found unacceptably high levels of synthetic testosterone in Peterson's system. "First of all I'm disappointed because I trained very hard for this fight," Khan told British broadcaster Sky Sports News on Thursday. "... . I really, really wanted to win my titles back and have the fight. But the truth's come out now and it just proves that Lamont Peterson was a cheat really." Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs), of Washington, defeated Khan in a disputed split decision on Dec. 10 in the U.S. capital to become the WBA and IBF junior welterweight champion. Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) was granted a rematch after complaining about the referee's decision to deduct him two points for pushing. He also was upset by the presence of an unauthorized man at ringside who was seen distracting an official. Peterson's publicist, Andre Johnson, told Sky Sports News that the American fighter had done nothing wrong and would fight to clear his name. "Lamont Peterson has been boxing for 18 years. In 18 years, barring this incident, he's never tested positive for anything," Johnson said. "After this incident, three other tests were taken that he tested negative for. "We're going to get to the bottom of this and do everything in our power to clear Lamont's name. Lamont will be fighting very soon." Two tests of Peterson's urine samples by the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association reached the same positive finding, according to a report Kizer said he received Monday from Dr. Margaret Goodman, VADA chief executive and a former ringside physician. Washington, D.C.-based attorney Jeff Fried told Nevada's boxing regulators that Peterson's failed doping test stemmed from an "inadvertent" failure to disclose medical treatment last November for low testosterone levels. In a letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, Fried told the Athletic Commission that Peterson's doctor determined that a one-time "therapeutic" treatment "would not produce a significant enhancement of athletic performance." Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy, said he hopes Khan will be given back his WBA and IBF titles. "We are obviously going to ask the sanctioning organizations, the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation, to rule this fight a no-contest and therefore give back the belts to Amir Khan -- where they belong," Schaefer told Sky Sports News. Johnson maintained Peterson was clean. "Lamont did nothing wrong. He's not a doper. He's not a cheater. He's distraught. He wanted to clear his name and do what he was born to do -- fight," the fighter's publicist said. "Mark my words: Lamont Peterson is a man of tremendous character -- he's a fighter. We will fight to get the truth."
The Beast is back - The NFC East is the only division in the NFL where every team has a winning record. And that could mean tough trails for the Redskins as both the Giants and Eagles won on Sunday while Washington lost a heartbreaker in Detroit. An update across the division:
- The Dallas Cowboys (5-1,1-1) gave up no ground last week while they took their bye week. The Redskins had a big chance to equal Dallas with a fifth win, but Washington's last-second loss in Detroit is well documented at this point. The Cowboys should be getting healthier too; receiver Dez Bryant might return soon, though the elephant in Jerry Jones' room remains what happens when Tony Romo can come back.
- Even without their best game from rookie QB Carson Wentz, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-2, 0-1) bounced back in a big way with a good home win over previously undefeated Minnesota. The win showed off the best of the Eagles defense against their former QB Sam Bradford, and sets up a huge matchup this week against the Cowboys. Don't forget, the Eagles win over the Vikings could prove important in an NFC Wild Card tiebreak scenario, though something like that is still months away.
- It just feels like the Washington Redskins (4-3, 2-1) loss in Detroit will prove costly in January. There's a huge difference between 5-2 and 4-3, and now the 'Skins travel to London to take on a tough Bengals team. It will be a tough pill for this team to enter the bye at 4-4 after reeling off a four-game win streak, putting extra importance on this Sunday's game against Cincinatti. And much like the Eagles helped themselves out with the NFC win over the Vikes, the 'Skins doubly dug a hole with the NFC loss to the Lions, a team now with the same record as Washington.
- If it seems hard to get a read on the New York Giants (4-3, 1-1) that's because it is. Eli Manning is not playing particularly well, but the wild ability of Odell Beckham has allowed the Giants offense just enough to make plays in the passing game. The Giants rank 20th in the NFL in yards gained-per-game, and our 19th in yards given up-per-game. That recipe doesn't sound great, and yet, the Giants are winning. Eli and the G-Men tend to get hot late in the year, and so far, they are treading enough water to still make a late-season run.
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Mark Trumbo, who led the major leagues in home runs with 47, has been voted the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News.
Trumbo, who will be a highly coveted free agent, drove in 108 runs and batted .256 in his first—and perhaps only season with the Orioles.
He was obtained from Seattle last December. In 2015, Trumbo hit 22 homers and 64 RBIs with the Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Trumbo beat out former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who had a fine year with Texas by one vote, 40-39.
Boston’s Rick Porcello, who is a strong contender for the AL Cy Young Award, finished third with 28 votes.
Chris Tillman received four votes.