By Carl Froch (above, right) in their super middleweight bout last Saturday, Jermain Taylor. The unheralded Englishman retained his WBC title by flooring Taylor in the 12th round and then continuing to administer a beating until referee Michael Ortega stopped the bout with 14 seconds left in the final round. (Taylor was ahead on two of three judges' cards.) The loss was the third in 19 months for the 30-year-old Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs), who was the undisputed welterweight champ until he lost to Kelly Pavlik in 2007. "The last round I was hoping that my intuition was right that Jermain Taylor was tired," Froch (25--0, 20 KOs) said. "[My trainer] told me I had to have a big 12th round. And ... I got it."
This is an article from the May 4, 2009 issue
After being injected with a prescription vitamin supplement prior to a U.S. Open match in Florida, 21 polo ponies. The horses belonged to the Lechuza Caracas team, which is based in Venezuela. A player told an Argentine paper that the horses were injected with Biodyl, which according to the FDA is illegal in the United States. It is believed that the ingredients in the supplement were mixed in improper doses, making it toxic. "I am not living," Felix Crespo, the veterinarian who injected the horses told the AP. "I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy." As of Monday, a state criminal investigation was continuing.
At age 50, former world heavyweight champion Greg Page. In 2001—18 years after he beat Gerrie Coetzee to win the WBA belt, which he lost in his first defense—Page suffered brain damage in a fight against Dale Crowe and was in a coma for a week. He had been confined to a wheelchair since; his wife said he died of complications from his boxing injuries.
To the finals of the Federation Cup, the United States. The U.S. beat the Czech Republic 3--2—fighting off a match point in the second set of the decisive doubles match—to make the finals for the first time since 2003. Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Iveta Benesova and Kveta Peschke 2--6, 7--6, 6--1 after 119th-ranked Alexa Glatch (right) won her singles match to pull the Americans even at 2--2. "[This] beats anything I've done in tennis before," said the 19-year-old Glatch, who beat world No. 48 Petra Kvitova in straight sets. The U.S., which has won the tournament 17 times, but not since '00, will travel to Italy in November for the finals.
For one game for throwing a water bottle that struck a fan, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella. The fiery Tortorella exchanged words with a fan during Game 5 of New York's first-round playoff series with the Capitals. Tortorella then tossed a water bottle, which struck another fan. He sat out Game 6, which Washington won 5--3 to force a seventh game. The Rangers complained to the NHL that the fans were spitting at the bench and insulting the players, which assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld said pushed Tortorella to act. "You can say what you want to Torts—I know the man," said Schoenfeld. "Call him whatever you want. He'll tell you what to do with your horse. But don't get down on the people he cares about. He will fight for them."
And charged with drug possession, Jimmy Smith, a five-time Pro Bowl receiver for the Jaguars. During a routine traffic stop in Jacksonville on April 22, an officer smelled burnt marijuana in Smith's car. A search turned up marijuana and cocaine. Smith was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors and could face 15 years in prison. In 2003 Smith was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's drug policy. In his 11-year career with the Jags, Smith had 862 catches for 12,287 yards.
After suffering a stroke, Lakers consultant Tex Winter. The 87-year-old Winter, who developed the triangle offense run by Phil Jackson's teams in Chicago and Los Angeles, fell ill while attending a reunion at Kansas State, where he coached for 15 years in the 1950s and '60s. (He was the Wildcats' coach when, in 1962, he published his seminal book, The Triple-Post Offense.) "Some of his faculties are coming back, and he's improving," Jackson said of Winter's condition on Sunday.
From a South Atlantic League game, Master Yogi Berra (below), a black Lab who serves as the mascot of the Greensboro Grasshoppers. During the team's April 23 game, Yogi performed his usual trick of retrieving a ball from centerfield between innings. On his way back to the plate, he relieved himself on the field and was promptly run by home plate umpire Jason Hutchings. "When you gotta go, you gotta go," said Grasshoppers G.M. Donald Moore, who claimed that Yogi was battling a stomach virus. Yogi was subsequently listed as day-to-day on the team's injury report.
Home runs in the first six games at the new Yankee Stadium.
Homers in the first six games at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium in 1955, the old record for the first six games in a new park.
Players from Abilene Christian (WR Johnny Knox and RB Bernard Scott) taken in the NFL draft.
Player from Miami taken in the draft: LB Spencer Adkins, a sixth-rounder.
Years since the Hurricanes last failed to have a player taken in the first round.
Attendance at Ohio State's Scarlet and Gray game, the largest crowd ever for a college football spring game.
Percent increase of the Wimbledon winners' purses in pounds from last year (¬£750,000 to ¬£850,000).
Percent decrease of the Wimbledon winners' purses in dollars ($1.49 million to $1.24 million), thanks to the pound's slump against the dollar.
THEY SAID IT
Dodgers leftfielder, after dropping a routine fly ball in a win over the Rockies: "Torii Hunter, he's got like 10 Gold Gloves and he misses sometimes. What about me? I don't even have a silver one."