BRAVERY NOT ENOUGH FOR SMITH

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FROM STEVE BRENNER IN ARLINGTON

No-one can doubt the heart of Liam Smith.

The Englishman walked into the lion’s den here in Texas , taking on the Mexican hero Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez who brought a bumper 51,240 crowd to their feet at the home of the Dallas Cowboys with every thumping, fearsome shot which rocked the WBO light-middleweight champion.

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CANELO FRENZY DOESN’T SUIT ALL

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By STEVE BRENNER

GRAPEVINE, Tex. — The Mariachi band played with unmistakable pride. Fans screamed, desperately scrambling to get a glimpse of their hero.

Young and old, several hundred of them came out on Wednesday to pay homage to Sául Álvarez, the Mexican boxer widely known as Canelo and viewed as one of the most popular — and marketable — stars of a sport entering its post-Floyd Mayweather, post-Manny Pacquiao era.

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BRAZIL ROUT MEANS NOTHING

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By STEVE BRENNER

ORLANDO, Fla. — It will undoubtedly take more than a convincing win over Haiti to reinvigorate Brazil’s love affair with its national soccer team.

With only 35 minutes on the stadium clock, Brazil, five-time world champions, already had three goals against an earnest collection of Haitian players who were content enough to be joining the party at this summer’s Copa América Centenario without registering a seismic result against a team that has traditionally been one of the game’s greatest powers.

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