Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 20, 2013

Sports in Brief: 09/20/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Blues set to host Tri-City on Saturday

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Bay Blues (1-1) have a big match on tap Saturday against The Tri-City Barbarians.

The Blues (1-1) are at full strength and coming off a bye week and ready to take on the 2012 national playoff qualifiers and hope to come out with a win and a bonus point to move to 2-1 and stay in the chase for a league championship. Traverse City won 89-12 over the Michigan Alumni club two weeks ago and Tri-City (2-0) bombed Kalamazoo and Flint by a total of 161-6.

"Our boys have trained hard and numbers have been fantastic since the Michigan match," coach Matt Szatkiewicz said. "The fitness levels are close and we are executing really well."

The match kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. Admission is free, and bleacher seats are available.

Source: Parker to win WNBA MVP

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker won the WNBA MVP.

Parker edged out Minnesota's Maya Moore and Chicago's Elena Delle Donne in one of the closest ballots in league history. Parker finished with 234 points, Moore had 218 and Delle Donne 189. It's the closest the top two players have been in the voting since Sheryl Swoopes edged Lauren Jackson by two points in 2005.

The 27-year-old Parker averaged 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists in helping the Sparks (24-10) finish second in the Western Conference.

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.

Mayweather fight earned more than $20M

LAS VEGAS — Regulators say the weekend fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas drew the biggest gate ever in Nevada.

The Nevada Athletic Commission says 16,146 tickets sold for just over $20 million for the Saturday night bout at the MGM Grand Garden arena. That averages almost $1,240 per ticket.

Commission executive Keith Kizer said Thursday that the total eclipsed the $18.4 million earned from 17,000 tickets for Mayweather's super welterweight victory over Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand in May 2007.

Reports said celebrities had trouble getting seats for the Mayweather-Alvarez fight, and some tickets sold online for $29,000.