By Nigeria's Samuel Peter (above right), the WBC heavyweight title, with a sixth-round knockout of Oleg Maskaev in Cancun last Saturday. In the first heavyweight title bout held in Mexico, Peter and Maskaev hammered each other in the early rounds before Peter, 27, broke through in the sixth. Peter (30--1), who lives and trains in Las Vegas, has been considered a potential star for several years, and winning the WBC belt could lead to a rematch with IBF and WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko, who handed Peter his only loss, in 2005. "He's going to come for this [belt], and he'll get stopped," said Peter.
By Chinese police, a terrorist plot targeting the Beijing Olympics. Chinese officials said guns, homemade bombs, training materials and "extremist religious ideological materials" were seized during a Jan. 27 raid in the city of Urumqi, in western China. Few other details were disclosed, but the Chinese government has said terrorism is the biggest threat facing the Beijing Games and that it will crack down on suspected terrorist groups.
The lower left leg of Austrian skier Matthias Lanzinger, after a horrific crash in Kvitfjell, Norway, on March 2. During a World Cup Super G race, Lanzinger, 27, was knocked unconscious when his head hit a marker at full speed; he then hurtled into the safety netting that lined the course. One of his doctors said that Lanzinger's left foot "twisted several times around its own axis, and this really damaged the bone and soft tissue." By March 4 doctors, still unable to reestablish blood circulation to Lanzinger's left foot and ankle, decided to amputate below the knee.
At age 46 after a 25-year pro career, punter Sean Landeta (left). From 1983 to '85 Landeta punted for the Philadelphia and Baltimore Stars of the USFL; he was the last remaining alum from that league still in the NFL. In 1985 Landeta joined the Giants, and over the next two decades he made two Pro Bowls and punted for more than 60,000 yards for St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Philadelphia before returning to the Giants in 2006. Landeta sat out last season and officially retired last Thursday, the 25th anniversary of the first USFL game.
March 16, 2008
That he's running for mayor of Sacramento, former Suns guard Kevin Johnson. The 42-year-old Democrat, a Sacramento native, will challenge incumbent Democrat Heather Fargo in a June primary. In 1989 Johnson founded St. HOPE, a nonprofit community-development corporation that has helped transform a struggling Sacramento High into a thriving charter school. St. HOPE has also developed an arts and cultural center in the city's downtown.
As coach of Andy Roddick (left), eight-time Grand Slam event winner Jimmy Connors. Roddick brought on Connors in July 2006 and went to the U.S. Open final two months later. But the No. 6 player in the world—he was No. 10 when Connors took over—has been unable to sustain that success at Grand Slam events, and after upsetting Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championship last Thursday, Roddick announced that Connors had resigned "about a week ago." Two days later Roddick won the Dubai title. "I have given him all the necessary ingredients to challenge the best," Connors said.
At age 91, longtime USC tennis coach George Toley. From 1954 to '80 Toley ran one of college tennis's powerhouse programs: The Trojans won 10 NCAA team titles, and nine USC players won singles titles. Toley, who groomed such stars as Stan Smith, Dennis Ralston, Bob Lutz and Rafael Osuna, also coached Mexico's Davis Cup team for years, and he was known as the "father of tennis" in that country for his efforts to develop the game there.
They Said It
Ex--Delaware QB and NFL draft prospect, on which actor would portray him in a movie about his life:
"Who cares? The important part is who plays my love interest."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
An Oregon clinic is suggesting that men who need an excuse to stay at home and watch the NCAA tournament get a vasectomy.