Mayweather-Alvarez bout is richest fight ever
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dominating win over Canelo Alvarez was the richest fight ever, a box-office smash at the arena and on television.
Showtime said Thursday that at least 2.2 million homes bought the pay-per-view for the bout, second only to the 2.44 million homes in Mayweather's 2007 bout against Oscar De La Hoya.
With the highest pay-per-view boxing price — at an average of more than $70 — the fight will generate nearly $150 million revenue in TV sales alone.
Nevada boxing regulators say the gate for the bout was just more than $20 million, also a record. A total of 16,146 seats were sold for the event at an average price of almost $1,240 per ticket.
Bolt backtracks on plan to retire after 2016 Games
LONDON — The world's fastest man is quickly backtracking on his retirement plans.
Less than three weeks ago, Usain Bolt said he planned to stop sprinting after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. But the Jamaican now says he's looking to extend his career by a year, meaning he could quit after the 2017 world championships in London.
"I am definitely reconsidering," the 27-year-old Bolt said Thursday while in London on a book tour for his autobiography "Faster Than Lightning." "I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring.
"They think I should carry on and so do my sponsors. I have discussed it with my coach and he says it is possible. We will see what happens. But it's on the cards that I will extend it by one more year."
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are not in his thoughts.
"It's a long way away, but if I win the next Olympics I will have done everything I wanted to do in my career," Bolt said. "So there would be no reason to continue."
AP source: LA's Candace Parker wins WNBA MVP
Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker has won the WNBA MVP, said a person familiar with the situation.
Parker will receive the award tonight in Los Angeles before the Sparks play the Phoenix Mercury in the opener of their Western Conference playoff series, the person said.
Parker edged out Minnesota's Maya Moore and Chicago's Elena Delle Donne in one of the closest ballots in league history, the person told the AP. Parker finished with 234 points, Moore had 218 and Delle Donne 189.
Compiled from wire reports