Canelo Alvarez threw a Garden party Saturday night. A short and powerful fiesta.
Alvarez landed dozens of body punches, knocking down Rocky Fielding four times and stopping him in the third round Saturday night to earn his third weight class title, taking the WBA super middleweight belt in New York.
Coming off his close decision against Gennady Golovkin three months ago to take the WBA and WBC middleweight titles, Alvarez could hear chants of "Canelo! Canelo!" long before he entered the Madison Square Garden ring for the first time. Throughout a lengthy undercard, it was clear who the announced sellout crowd of 20,112 came to see and cheer.
Valdosta wins D-II crown
Rogan Wells tied an NCAA Division II championship game record with five touchdown passes and Valdosta State won its fourth national title with a 49-47 victory over Ferris State in McKinney, Texas.
Ferris' rally from an 11-point deficit fell short when Jevon Shaw's two-point conversion pass sailed wide at the back of the end zone with 1:37 left.
Wells passed for 349 yards, ran for 39 and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass.
The lead changed hands seven times.
The Blazers (14-0) overcame a missed field goal, a muffed punt and 114 penalty yards.
Ferris (15-1) missed a chance to become the first college team since 1899 to win 16 games in a season at any level.
Eastern Washington fills out FCS final
Eric Barriere tied a school record with seven touchdown passes as Eastern Washington beat Maine 50-19 in an FCS playoff semifinal in Cheney, Wash. The third-seeded Eagles (12-2) will play top-seeded North Dakota State in the national title game on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.
Red Sox must pay up
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox owe $11,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by the Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2,386,097, their second straight year with a bill.
Because Boston was more than $40 million over the tax threshold, it became the first team to incur a new penalty put in place for the 2018 season: the top Red Sox selection in next June's amateur draft will be dropped 10 places. Boston's top pick had been projected to be No. 33 overall before the penalty.
• Free-agent first baseman Justin Bour and the Los Angeles Angels finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract. Bour hit 20 homers and drove in 59 runs with the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies last season.
Around the horn
College hockey: Minnesota State Mankato (14-4-0, 9-3-0 WCHA) suffered its first series sweep of the season, losing the finale 4-1 at Bowling Green. … Alaska Anchorage (2-13-1, 1-10-1-0 WCHA) ended a 13-game winless streak with a 2-1 overtime victory over Bemidji State (8-8-2, 6-5-0). The victory was the first for the Seawolves in Bemidji since Nov. 12, 2010.
Bobsledding: Elana Meyers Taylor, a three-time Olympic medalist for the United States, teamed with Lake Kwaza to win a bronze medal in a women's World Cup race in Winterberg, Germany. Meyers Taylor also drove women in the four-person event, finishing 19th out of 19 sleds while competing against 72 men. It was the first time the U.S. had an all-female team in a four-person World Cup race.