In Brief | Nation and World Dec. 2


Trout takes unanimous decision over Cotto

NEW YORK — Austin “No Doubt” Trout controlled the fight early and roughed up Miguel Cotto late to win a 12-round unanimous decision and retain his share of the 154-pound title Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Trout (26-0) left Cotto’s battered face red and swollen after cranking up the pressure over the final two rounds to truly take control on the scorecards. Cotto (37-4) lost his second straight fight after dropping a piece of the 154-pound title to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May.

Cotto had long ruled as the undisputed champion of the New York fight scene, winning all seven of his fights at the Garden, plus one at Yankee Stadium.

Trout never wavered even as the crowd was against him from the start. Two judges scored the bout 117-111, and the third had it 119-109.

Trout delivered in easily the biggest and most high-profile fight of his career. The 2004 U.S. Olympic alternate grinded out a championship reign in Texas and New Mexico and was a relative unknown on the national scene.

Morgan leads US women to 2-0 win over Ireland

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alex Morgan scored 44 seconds into the match and the U.S. women’s team went on to beat Ireland 2-0 on Saturday night.

Morgan also had an assist on Megan Rapinoe’s goal late in the first half.

Morgan, who scored three times in the Americans’ 5-0 victory over Ireland in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday night, has 28 goals this calendar year. Morgan and Rapinoe left the game in the 59th minute as U.S. coach Jill Ellis emptied her bench.

The match, in front of a crowd of 11,570 in 63,000-seat University of Phoenix Stadium, was the USA’s seventh in a 10-game “Fan Tribute Tour” for the Olympic champions. The final three matches are against China, with the first on Dec. 8 at Ford Field in Detroit.

With the game barely underway, Morgan’s shot from the left side found the net just inside the right post. With 3 matches to go, the prolific 23-year-old forward is on pace to become the third player in U.S. history with 30 goals in a calendar year. The others are Abby Wambach (31) in 2004 and Michelle Akers (39) in 1991. Morgan also earned her 19th assist of the year, fourth-most on the U.S. list.

The United States made it 2-0 in the 38th minute when Morgan again brought the ball into the left corner, then passed to Rapinoe just inside the 18-yard box. Rapinoe’s left-footed line drive glanced off an Irish defender into the net.

The U.S. team had 14 shots on goal to just one for Ireland.

McDowell clings to a 2-shot lead at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Graeme McDowell rolled in two long putts early and kept bogeys off his card to keep the lead in the World Challenge on Saturday.

McDowell, trying to win at Sherwood for the second time in three years, had a 4-under 68 for a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley (67). Tiger Woods failed to birdie any of the five par 5s at Sherwood, though the tournament host and defending champion stayed in the game with enough birdies late in his round for a 69. He was five shots behind, along with Bo Van Pelt (70).

McDowell hasn’t won anywhere in the world since he beat Woods in a playoff at the World Challenge at the end of the 2010 season. He plans to take 10 weeks off after today.

Kaymer takes 1-shot lead into final round

SUN CITY, South Africa — Martin Kaymer rolled in a tricky 10-foot par putt on the last hole for a 2-under 70 and a one-stroke lead on Saturday heading into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Louis Oosthuizen (69) is second at 4 under, while fellow South African Charl Schwartzel (70) is two back from Kaymer.

By wire sources