BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Samson Elite Gym of Thailand knocked out Rolando Pascua of the Philippines in the eighth round Sunday to retain the World Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion.
The knockout, at 2 minutes, 28 seconds of the round, capped a sometimes-wild fight, with the boxers going at each other toe-to-toe like street fighters during the middle rounds.
Samson, 23, starting slow and looking sluggish, letting the challenger dominate the first two rounds of the scheduled 12-rounder. Pascua managed to shut Samson’s left eye in the second round.
The turnaround seemed to come early in the fourth round, when Samson landed a low blow for which he received a warning. In the fifth round, Samson knocked down the 24-year-old challenger, who by that time was mostly on the defensive.
SCHONACH, Germany (AP) _ Olympic champion Fred Boerre Lundberg of Norway battled from behind Sunday to win his second World Cup Nordic Combined event of the season.
Lundberg beat world champion Kenji Ogiwara of Japan, strengthening his lead in the standings after three events.
Ogiwara, third after the Saturday’s ski-jumping, started Sunday’s 15-kilometer cross-country race 42 seconds ahead, but could not hold off Lundberg. Olympic bronze medalist Bjarte Engen Vik of Norway finished third.
Lundberg clocked 39 minutes, 48.4 seconds, winning by 4.3 seconds.
HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) _ Rintje Ritsma and Gunda Niemann skated away with golds medals Sunday, successfully defending their overall championships at the European Speedskating Championships.
Dutchman Ritsma defeated compatriot Falko Zandstra at 10,000 meters to secure the title, which was decided by a points system.
Ritsma covered the distance _ the longest race of the three-day meet _ in 14 minutes 09.28 seconds. Zandstra was second in both the race and the overall.
Germany’s Niemann won at 5,000 meters, assuring her of a sixth European overall title. She was timed in 7:21.57.
WILLINGEN, Germany (AP) _ Two days after clinching the prestigious Four-Hill Tour, Andreas Goldberger of Austria again beat Kazuyoshi Funaki of Japan on Sunday for his third victory of the World Cup ski-jumping season.
The 19-year-old Austrian had the longest jumps in both series, landing at 125 meters and 126.5 meters for a winning total of 250.7 points.
Funaki, who narrowly lost to Goldberger at the Four-Hill tour, twice jumped 124.5 meters for 264.2 points. Funaki is second to Goldberger in World Cup standings, The Austrian has 620 points, a lead of 192.
OSTERSUND, Sweden (AP) _ Olympic champion Bjorn Dahlie won the men’s 30-kilometer freestyle World Cup cross-country race Sunday.
Dahlie, who won a gold medal and two silvers at the 1994 Olympic Games at Lillehammer, won by 48 seconds over Russian Alexei Prokurorov.
The 27-year-old Dahlie’s winning time was 1 hour, 13 minutes, 32.3 seconds.
By winning his third race this season, Dahlie continues atop the World Cup standings with 430 points, 195 ahead of Swede Torgny Mogren.