By Floyd Mayweather (above), his World Wrestling Entertainment debut. The undefeated WBC welterweight champ KO'd Big Show, a 7-foot, 440-pound wrestler, in front of nearly 75,000 people at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando in a bout that was part boxing, part wrestling and totally absurd. After being smacked around and seeing his entourage roughed up by Big Show, Mayweather dropped the wrestler 11 minutes into their fight by fashioning a makeshift set of brass knuckles out of a handler's gold chain and hitting Big Show in the jaw. Said Mayweather, "A lot of it's entertainment, but a lot of it, you've got to be athletic. The falls, the bumps and bruises and stuff—it's brutal."
By the British tabloid News of the World of taking part in a Nazi-themed orgy, Max Mosley, the president of Formula 1. The paper printed photographs allgedly taken from a videotape of Mosley, 67, with five prostitutes, who were wearing death camp uniforms. Mosley's father, Oswald, founded the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, and Adolf Hitler was a guest at Oswald's wedding. According to the FIA, auto racing's governing body, Mosley was considering legal action, but as of Monday, Mosley, who is married with two grown children, had not publicly commented.
At age 80, Art (Golden Boy) Aragon (right), one of boxing's top drawing cards in the 1940s and '50s. Aragon, who grew up in East Los Angeles, was a highly ranked welterweight and lightweight but never held a belt. He thrilled crowds by bringing a touch of pro wrestling theatrics to boxing. Aragon entered the ring in a flamboyant gold robe and loved to goad audiences into booing him. ("You ever get booed by 10,000 people?" he once said. "It's exciting.") Outside the ring he golfed with Bob Hope, was friends with Marilyn Monroe and dated Mamie Van Doren.
At age 79, Herb Rich, a three-sport star at Vanderbilt and a captain of the New York Giants when they won the NFL title in 1956. Rich was an All-SEC running back for the Commodores and also played baseball and basketball. In the NFL he was a defensive back, and he made the All-Pro team in 1952 with the Rams.
April 6, 2008
By the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy and his 19-year-old son, Jonathan, for their roles in a March 22 fight. As the Quebec Remparts and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens brawled, Jonathan, the Remparts goalie, skated the length of the ice and began pummeling Sagueneens goalie Bobby Nadeau, who refused to fight. After leaving Nadeau lying on the ice, Roy made obscene gestures to the crowd. He was suspended for seven games; his father, Quebec's coach and part-owner, received a five-game ban. Television cameras caught the elder Roy apparently instructing his son to fight Nadeau.
By the Trail Blazers, injured rookie center Greg Oden, for playing in a pickup game. Oden, the top pick in last year's draft, underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee last September and will miss the entire season. He only recently began running light drills with the team, but on March 27 he played two games with friends at a Portland fitness center and was reportedly dunking. Oden explained that the game was played with nine-foot rims and that he didn't jump to dunk.
By a bullet at the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme. On March 25 Prudhomme was setting up a cooking tent at the TPC Louisiana course, where he was preparing meals for golfers and their caddies. He felt what he thought was a bee sting above his right elbow; when he shook his sleeve, a .22-caliber bullet fell out of his shirt. Police believe the bullet was fired within a 1 1/2-mile radius of the course and fell randomly on Prudhomme, who did not need medical attention.
They Said It
Memphis coach, on whether freshman guard Derrick Rose will leave for the NBA:
"If he wants to do what's right for him and his family, he'll go pro. If he wants to do what's right for me and my family, he'll stay."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Tony Stewart raised $125,000 for charity by having his back waxed on his Sirius radio show.