Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dominating win over Canelo Alvarez was the richest fight ever, a box-office smash at the arena and on television.
Showtime said Thursday that at least 2.2 million homes bought the pay-per-view for the bout, second only to the 2.44 million homes in Mayweather's 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya.
With the highest pay-per-view boxing price at an average of more than $70 the fight will generate nearly $150 million in revenue in TV sales alone.
Boxing regulators say the gate for the Las Vegas bout was just more than $20 million, also a record. A total of 16,146 seats were sold for the event at an average price of almost $1,240 per ticket.
Promoter Richard Schaefer said total revenues would approach $200 million upon final count, surpassing the $165 million generated by the Mayweather-De La Hoya fight.
Amgen re-ups for Tour
Biopharmaceutical company Amgen agreed to a multiyear deal to remain the title sponsor of the annual Tour of California cycling race, a person familiar with the deal confirmed.
Event organizers announced Amgen would return for 2014 while Champion System has agreed to a three-year deal as one of the race's main sponsors.
The 2014 race is scheduled to be held May 11-18, but race owner AEG isn't planning to announce the host cities and course direction until the end of the year.
MVP honor for Parker
Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker won the WNBA's MVP award, making her the fifth player in league history to receive the award twice.
Parker accepted the trophy from league president Laurel Richie before the Sparks took on the Phoenix Mercury in the opener of their Western Conference playoff series. She will receive a $15,000 bonus.
Parker edged Minnesota's Maya Moore and Chicago's Elena Delle Donne, who was named Rookie of the Year. It's the second MVP award for Parker, who won it her rookie season in 2008.
In the playoff opener in Los Angeles, Parker led the Sparks with 28 points, but Diana Taurasi scored 30 points as the Mercury rallied in the second half for an 86-75 win.
Ivory Latta scored 14 to lead the Washington Mystics over the Atlanta Dream 71-56 in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Croatia reached the semifinals of the European basketball championship for the first time in 18 years by defeating Ukraine 84-72 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Croatia will play Lithuania, which edged Italy 81-77. France and two-time defending champion Spain will play the other semifinal today.
It seems sprinter Usain Bolt is backtracking on his plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. "We will see what happens, but it's in the cards that I will extend it by one more year, the 27-year-old runner said in London, which will host the world track and field championships in 2017.
Vegas Vacation won the Little Brown Jug, beating Urbanite Hanover by two lengths in the final heat in 1:50 in Delaware, Ohio. It was the second straight Little Brown Jug victory for trainer Casie Coleman, who won with Michael's Power in 2012. Vegas Vacation has won nine times in 15 starts this pacing season and now has $902,898 in career earnings after collecting $256,382 with Thursday's win.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will have surgery on a long-standing back problem and miss the rest of the season.
The Associated Press, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times