Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Briefs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Briefs

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MAYWEATHER, COTTO SET FOR FIGHT

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been doing this all his life, since he was a scrawny kid seeking solace in the gym.

Miguel Cotto is certain of a few things himself. Certain that he has conquered his worst fears in boxing, certain that he can be the first one to conquer Mayweather.

Not many believe that, especially the oddsmakers who make Mayweather a 6-1 favorite in tonight's fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. If any fighter is a live underdog, though, it's Cotto, a relentless puncher who believes in himself again after finally avenging a beating he took from Antonio Margarito.

KENTUCKY GIVES CALIPARI A RAISE

Kentucky coach John Calipari is getting a raise after the Wildcats won the NCAA basketball title.

The school said Friday it awarded an 8.3 percent increase annually in his guaranteed compensation over the remaining seven years of his deal now worth $36.5 million. Three assistants also received multiyear extensions. …

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