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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Hawks All-Star Paul Millsap to opt out and enter NBA free agency, report says

Hawks All-Star Paul Millsap to opt out and enter NBA free agency, report says

What ESPN reported during the season will in fact come true, as Paul Millsap signaled his intentions to opt out of his contract with the Atlanta Hawks and become a free agent.

The newest report comes from Yahoo! Sports, who confirmed Millsap's plans. The 32-year-old will opt out of a deal worth roughly $21 million for the 2017-18 season as he aims for longer terms either with the Hawks or a new team.

Millsap, according to Pro Basketball Talk, could be in line for a contract that starts at $35 million per season. If he stays in Atlanta, that could be a five-year deal worth about $205 million. If he leaves to sign elsewhere, he could earn $152 million over four years.

It makes perfect sense for Millsap to opt out at this point given his age, the increase in the NBA's salary cap and the fact he's coming off another All-Star season. The 11-year pro averaged a career-high 18.1 points to go along with 7.7 rebounds per game this year in 69 games.

Millsap was the best player on a Hawks team that earned the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. He can do just about everything well as a mobile big man who can shoot from the outside and work in the post. Last season he was named to the All-Defensive team, as well.

At this point odds are good he stays in Atlanta given their interest and the fact they can pay him more. But he will be one of the most highly sought after players in free agency. Either way, it's something to watch for Wizards fans as the Hawks are their biggest competitors in the Southeast Division. If anything, him leaving could mean less Millsap vs. Markieff Morris and we can all agree that is not a good thing.

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Ovechkin's dog debuts camo onesie at Dulles Aiport

Ovechkin's dog debuts camo onesie at Dulles Aiport

Are dog onesies the new male romper?

Alex Ovechkin's dog, Blake, is bound to become a doggo-fashion icon after dawning a camoflauge onesie before catching a flight at Dulles Airport.

Featured on Ovechkin's wife, Nastasiya's Instagram story, (h/t: RMNB) Ovi can be seen wearing navy sweatpants playing dress up with dog, Blake. 

Blake waits patiently, tail wagging as Ovi places Blake's legs in the onesie one-by-one. Nastasiya and Ovi can be heard laughing as Blake struts around, modeling the onesie for nearby passengers, including a child who sits with Blake on the floor.

Although it is unclear where the onesie was purchased, Ovi shows off some of its features including a pocket, possibly to hold treats and a hole for Blake's tail, which is wagging nonstop.

If there were an America's next top doggo, Blake and his onesie would take the prize. What a good boy.