Six Nations Championship

Short Sport, February 18, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 February, 2014, 6:01pm

Broner stops Rees in fifth to retain WBC belt

Adrien Broner had little trouble remaining undefeated as the WBC lightweight champion, overcoming Gavin Rees' aggressiveness and determination by stopping the Welshman in the fifth round before a roaring crowd of 4,812 in Atlantic City. "I knew he was coming to fight," Broner said. "He's a world-class fighter. I had to see how much gas was left in that Toyota. He kept coming and threw every shot like it was his best shot. I knew he would be tough. He's tougher than a steak that's well done." Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) scored two knockdowns and ended the fight with a powerful left hook to the body that forced Rees (37-2-1, 19 KOs) onto a knee. AP


Claassen vows to 'give everything' for France

South African born Antonie Claassen insisted that despite criticism of his selection for France's Six Nations match with England, his heart belonged to the French. The 28-year-old flanker - who moved to France in 2007, first playing for Brive before moving to Castres - was a surprise pick by coach Philippe Saint-Andre last Monday. "I let it slide," said Claassen about the criticism that greeted his selection. He is the first foreign-born player to be named in a French squad since centre Brian Liebenberg was chosen in 2003. "I tried not to read too much of the press this week. Of course it puts a bit more pressure on me, that is normal. I understand that it gets people talking," Claassen said. "Yes, I am South African, but my heart is here and I am going to give everything for the country, I am going to play to my limits." AFP


NBA union chief fired after nepotism claims

Billy Hunter was fired as executive director of the NBA players' union after 17 years in the job after a committee of players voted unanimously to oust him. There was no evidence of illegal activities by Hunter, but he was criticised in a review conducted by a legal firm for hiring family members and friends, as well as questionable travel-related expenses and other charges. AP