AT&T Center to host Showtime boxing event

Last month, Showtime took its Championship Boxing series to a sold-out Alamodome. It’s bringing the series back to San Antonio this summer with a three-bout card billed as “Knockout Kings II.”

Welterweight world champion Andre Berto and Mexican contender Jesus Soto Karass will headline the 12-round main event at AT&T Center on July 27.

Golden Boy Promotions, along with Leija & Battah Promotions, are bringing the Showtime event to San Antonio.

“Texas is our new home away from …,” says Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions.

“We look forward to hosting multiple mega-fights yearly,” says Leija & Battah Promotions President Mike Battah.

Spurs Sports & Entertainment, parent company of the NBA Spurs, manages AT&T Center, which is owned by Bexar County. Rick Pych, president of SS&E, expects that the Showtime event will draw a large crowd to the East Side arena.

“San Antonio is a city that truly appreciates and supports boxing in a big way, and this is a terrific opportunity for fight fans to witness three world-class bouts in an arena setting,” Pych says.

Berto was a member of the 2004 Haitian Olympic team.

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adidas Unveils First Ever Modern Short-Sleeve NBA Uniform

While Nike and Under Armour have been known to make the most waves when it comes to uniform apparel, adidas is upping the fashion ante with their latest unveil of a yet-to-be-worn game uniform for the Golden State Warriors. Dubbed the first modern short sleeve NBA Uniform System, the jersey/short combo is 26 percent lighter than the Warriors’ current uniforms and will debut for the first time when the team faces the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, February 22. The jersey includes armhole insets with 360-degree stretch fabric that facilitates free range of motion for the arms and shoulders. The uniform system is made from 60 percent recycled materials and features adidas’ Revolution 30 technology found in current NBA uniforms. Launched in the 2010-11 season, Revolution 30 technology is a lightweight uniform system that dries twice as fast to improve performance. The new uniforms also include a ClimaCool system and FORMOTION technology that combine to increase comfort for the players. Throughout the evaluation process, adidas received positive feedback from players at all levels on the uniform’s performance and innovative style, with Warriors swingman Harrison Barnes commenting, “When adidas began working with us to develop the short sleeve jersey, I couldn’t wait to wear it in a game. I love the fit and style the sleeves give me on the court.” The team will also wear the jerseys for home games against Houston on March 8 and Chicago on March 15.

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Spurs Nation » Notebook: Parker may push captain Paul to add Bonner in contest

MINNEAPOLIS — Spurs forward Matt Bonner might have added an unlikely ally in his bid to score an invitation to his first All-Star weekend 3-point shootout Feb. 16 in Houston.

As part of a new format for this year’s festivities, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has been appointed the Western Conference captain for All-Star Saturday night. After tonight’s announcement of the league-approved field for the contest, Paul is allowed to choose one more name to add to the list.

And Paul just so happens to be close with Spurs point guard Tony Parker, one of the more vocal proponents of Bonner’s candidacy.

If Bonner is not selected as part of the original contingent, Parker vows to put the screws to his Clippers counterpart.

“I’ll definitely call Chris and tell him, ‘You have to put Matt Bonner in,’” Parker said.

The pitch Parker will make Paul is the same one he has been making for years.

“I think Matt Bonner would have a great chance to win it,” Parker said before Wednesday’s 104-94 win over Minnesota. “He’s a machine. You should see him at practice. It’s unbelievable.”

A career 41.5 percent 3-point shooter — and having led the NBA at 45.7 percent in 2010-11 — Bonner has never been asked to participate in the league’s annual long-distance shootout.

“I’m not getting my hopes up,” Bonner said. “But it would obviously be an honor.”

If Bonner is selected for the 3-point field, he will have familiar company Saturday night.

Second-year forward Kawhi Leonard has already been named to the field for the Rising Stars game, while Parker is expected to be invited to defend his crown in the Skills Challenge.

Worldly flavor: Between them, the Spurs and Timberwolves boast 15 international players on their rosters. The Spurs have an NBA-record nine.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the influx of foreign-born players over the past few decades has changed the league for the better.

“Everybody knows now there are players all over the world,” Popovich said. “There was a time back in the late ’80s where nobody believed that for whatever reason.

“Now, there are people beating the bushes all over the world. It’s great for basketball and actually made it a worldwide sport.”

It doesn’t hurt that combing the globe for talent can sometimes pay off in the form of a transcendent superstar.

“Sometimes, you can even get lucky and find someone who can be a (Dirk) Nowitzki or a (Manu) Ginobili or Parker,” Popovich said.

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