Sports in Brief: Klitschko sets May title bout with Pianeta

Posted: March 07, 2013

Wladimir Klitschko will defend his four heavyweight titles against Francesco Pianeta in May.

Klitschko's management said the fight will take place on May 4 in Mannheim, Germany. Klitschko holds the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts. Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs) was briefly Klitschko's sparring partner last year. Klitschko is 59-3 with 51 KOs.

British boxer John Donnelly was suspended for two years after a positive doping test.

TENNIS: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Mardy Fish in the American's return to the court after a six-month absence caused by a heart condition in the inaugural Los Angeles Tennis Challenge exhibition.

Djokovic beat Fish, 8-7 (7-2).

COLLEGES: Bill O'Brien will take to the road for the second straight year when the Penn State Coaches Caravan embarks on a two-week tour to 12 cities beginning April 30. Philadelphia is scheduled to be the second stop on the first day of the caravan.

La Salle senior Pat Christensen was named Big Five pitcher of the week.

Quarterback Jordan Johnson was reinstated to the Montana football team after his acquittal Friday on a rape charge.

Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, the late Jerome Brown and LaDainian Tomlinson are on the final ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time.

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner was granted an extra season of eligibility because of medical hardship.

SOCCER: The Union will travel to Reading to face their PDL affiliate partner, Reading United A.C., in an exhibition match June 7. The 7 p.m. match will mark the fourth time the clubs have played each other since they became partners in 2009.

- Associated Press

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