By Antonio Tarver, the IBO light heavyweight title, after his 12-round unanimous decision over Elvir Muriqi. Apart from a turn as Sylvester Stallone's opponent in Rocky Balboa, Tarver hadn't fought since his lackluster defeat at the hands of Bernard Hopkins last June. On the same card WBC champ Chad Dawson, 24, defended his belt, setting up talk of a showdown with the 38-year-old Tarver.
By Tommy Morrison, his mixed martial arts debut, with a knockout of 340-pound John Stover in two minutes, 18 seconds. The former heavyweight champ (below), had an advantage over Stover, who outweighed him by 125 pounds: The ground rules for the unsanctioned bout stipulated no grappling or kicking, which basically made it a boxing match. Morrison, 38, retired from boxing in 1996 when he tested positive for HIV. He says he has not tested positive since, a claim his former agent last week refuted. Since the fight was held on the Yavapai-Apache Nation reservation in Arizona, outside the state's jurisdiction, Morrison did not have to take an HIV test. "Some people would be terrified of the rumors, but I gave him a shot," said Stover, who also said that he had been shown documentation indicating that Morrison had recently tested negative for HIV.
By Chad Johnson in a race, Restore the Roar. The Bengals' wide receiver (below) got a 100-meter head start on the 4-year-old thoroughbred colt, which ran 200 meters, at River Downs racetrack in Cincinnati and won easily. (Former Bengals wideout Cris Collinsworth twice raced horses with the same advantage and lost by a nose both times.) Said jockey P.J. Cooksey, who rode Roar, "When I looked over at him, all I could see were his legs; they looked like a windmill. He was a blur." The win in the charity match race had Johnson feeling his oats. "Floyd Mayweather, you're next," he said. "I want to fight you. I'd like to take Kobe and LeBron one-on-one. Jeff Gordon, we can take a couple laps.... Now it's my time to take over the race world."
At age 95, mountaineer Ernest Hofstetter, who in 1952 was part of the Swiss team that forged the path to the summit of Mount Everest that Sir Edmund Hillary used a year later. Hofstetter and several of his climbing buddies, along with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay (who also accompanied Hillary), went higher than anyone before them; Tenzing and Raymond Lambert reached 28,380 feet, just 650 short of the summit, while Hofstetter and the others remained at camp at 26,250 feet. When Hillary reached the top of the mountain, he sent a telegram to the Swiss team that read, "To you goes half the glory." Hofstetter's son Michel said, "He was kind, but he could also be hard. But it's not a softy who climbs Mount Everest."
June 17, 2007
In an automobile accident, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith. According to a police report, Smith, 21, drove his SUV through a stop sign near his home in Newark, N.J., and collided with another car. Smith and a friend, Andre Bell, were not wearing their seat belts and were thrown from the car. Smith was listed in fair condition and was expected to be released from the hospital soon; Bell was in extremely critical condition with head injuries. (The other passenger, former Seton Hall basketball player Carl Marshall, suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the other car.) Smith (right) just completed the third season of his rocky NBA career. He averaged 13.0 points but struggled in the playoffs. During the Nuggets' first-round loss to San Antonio, coach George Karl benched Smith, proclaiming, "He's done."
The results of an NFL-commissioned study that found "it might be safe" for high school players to return to the field after suffering a concussion—by two of the study's authors. Dr. Henry Feuer and Dr. Cynthia Arfken told The New York Times that the paper's conclusion was inappropriate and that the results should not be applied to high school or college players. Arfken also claimed that the passage had been added without her knowledge. The study's two principal authors claim that all five authors received proofs before it was printed in the January 2005 issue of the journal Neurosurgery.
From the press box at an NCAA baseball tournament game, a Louisville Courier-Journal blogger. Brian Bennett, a reporter for the paper, was told by NCAA officials that he could not offer online updates during the game between the Cardinals and Oklahoma State. The paper's lawyer said it was being denied its "right to report within the First Amendment from a public facility." But the NCAA prohibits non-rights-holding news outlets from providing live game updates.
They Said It
Ohio State center who is likely to be drafted by Seattle or Portland, on what he knows about the Pacific Northwest:
"I know it rains a lot. I know it's close to L.A., and I love that. I want to go to L.A. and go to the beach."
6.3 Nielsen rating for the Spurs' Game 1 win over the Cavaliers, the lowest rating ever for the opening game of an NBA Finals in prime time.
1 Runs allowed by the softball team from Cabrini High in Allen Park, Mich., this season.
2 National high school record for fewest runs allowed in a season, set by Southington (Conn.) High in 2004; 31--0 Cabrini could play three more games in the Michigan state playoffs.
4 Relatives of current employees that the Tigers drafted in last week's amateur draft: infielder Colin Kaline, grandson of Hall of Famer Al Kaline; first baseman Wade Lamont, son of third base coach Gene Lamont; and righthander Joel Zumaya's brother Richard and lefthander Nate Robertson's brother Matt, both pitchers.
143 Consecutive errorless games by the Twins' Luis Castillo, a major league record for second basemen, before his miscue in a win over the Angels on June 6.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
To counter hooliganism, the owner of Romanian soccer team Steaua Bucharest decreed that all players "must be happy" and announced fines of up to $40,000 for making "sad faces" during a game.