Khan promoter says Peterson rematch is off

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Khan promoter says Peterson rematch is off

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."

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Ilya Samsonov to stay in KHL until 2018

Ilya Samsonov to stay in KHL until 2018

The Capitals turned a lot of heads in 2015 when they selected Russian goalie Ilya Samsonov with their first-round pick. With Braden Holtby in tow, taking a goalie seemed like a risky move. Since then, however Samsonov has certainly justified the team's faith in him.

There's just one question: When will he come to North America?

Samsonov is currently under contract with his KHL team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, until 2018, but it appears he plans to leave once that contract is up.

The fact that he will remain in the KHL is not noteworthy given the agreement between the NHL and KHL in which both leagues have agreed to respect the other's contracts. He was not expected to leave before 2018. The news here is that this seems to suggest he will be leaving once that contract is up.

After getting drafted by the Caps in 2010, Evgeny Kuznetsov signed a new two-year deal with his KHL team in 2012 thus delaying his NHL debut. While he ultimately did come to Washington when that contract expired, it highlighted the risk teams take when drafting Russian players. Ultimately, you don't know when they are going to leave the KHL.

For now it appears Samsonov is on track to come to North America in 2018, but a lot can change between now and then.

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Justin Tucker named AFC special teams player of the month

Justin Tucker named AFC special teams player of the month

Justin Tucker, who hasn’t missed a kick yet this season, has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. He is a major reason why the Ravens (3-0) are unbeaten -a perfect nine-for-nine on field goal attempts, including a 53-yard game-winner against the Jaguars in Week 3.

All three Ravens’ victories this season have come by six points or less, and their habit of playing close games makes Tucker an even more important weapon. The Ravens (3-0) host the Raiders (2-1) on Sunday, and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is well aware that Tucker can be a difference-maker.

“He’s been phenomenal,” Del Rio said of Tucker. “I think he’s second all time in the history of the league in terms of field goal kicks (percentage) and they’re not all short ones. Pretty amazing.”

Tucker signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract during the offseason after the Ravens used the franchise tag on him. The Ravens knew Tucker was too valuable to let get away. Early in the season, he is once again showing his worth.