Khan promoter says Peterson rematch is off


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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Bogdanovic was 'cheering' for trade to go through to join Wizards

Bogdanovic was 'cheering' for trade to go through to join Wizards

Bojan Bogdanovic couldn't control the joy he felt inside the moment he got word that the Wizards were trying to acquire him in a deal to save him from the nine-win Brooklyn Nets.

"It's a big jump for me. I hope I'm going to adjust well and I'm going to start to play well as soon as possible," said Bogdaovic, a 6-8 forward who is in the final year of his three-year deal and will become a restricted free agent this summer.

"I thought I was going to be traded. When I saw that Washington was interested in me I was cheering over there to be traded here because I know how they play right now. They need someone to score off the bench."

Bogadanovic averaged a career-high 14.2 points and shot 35.7% from three-point range with Brooklyn, starting 54 games. Otto Porter starts at his position in Washington.

"It's not going to be a big adjustment for me because also in Europe I started many times from the bench even when I was one of the best players on the team," Bogdanovich said before coming to the NBA in 2014. "Sometimes I like more to start from the bench so I can be more aggressive."

The lineups that coach Scott Brooks can roll out now are much more diverse. If he wants to go to a super-small lineup, he can put John Wall, Bradley Beal, Bogdanovic, Porter and Markieff Morris on the floor. Or he can substitute Kelly Oubre in for his defense and not lose much versatility. Or Jason Smith can take Morris' spot. 

"What we were looking for is some more scoring, a little pop off the bench, and some more three-point shooting and we wanted to add some versatility," president Ernie Grunfeld told after the deadline passed. "With Bojan, we get everything."

Wall liked the move for those reasons. 

"It was a cool trade, a good trade," Wall said. "He's not a guy that just needs the ball in hands."

So does Brooks.

"It's a great addition. He's not just a shooter. He can score the ball," Brooks said. "He has great size. He gets to the free-throw line at a decent clip. He makes them."

[RELATED: Wall sees Cousins through emotional trade]

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Report: Former All-Star PG Deron Williams to become free agent

Report: Former All-Star PG Deron Williams to become free agent

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, but there could be a big name hitting the free agent market very soon. According to Yahoo! Sports, former All-Star point guard Deron Williams is likely to be bought out by the Dallas Mavericks.

Here is the story from Shams Charania:

Williams, 32, is a former All-Star but a guy who is very far removed from his prime. This year he's averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists per game on the lowly Mavs. 

Despite all that, Williams is expected to garner interest. David Aldridge of says the Cleveland Cavaliers are heavy favorites to sign him.

If he is let go, it's certainly something to watch for the Wizards, who could possibly use a backup guard themselves. At the very least, any improvement for the Cavaliers could affect the rest of the Eastern Conference come playoff time.

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