Boxing Ex-champion's probation is three years: Mike Tyson could have received more than four years in prison. He left a Mesa, Ariz., courtroom having to serve...

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Ex-champion’s probation is three years: Mike Tyson could have received more than four years in prison. He left a Mesa, Ariz., courtroom having to serve one day in an open-air jail.

The former heavyweight champ was sentenced Monday for cocaine possession and driving under the influence.

“I take responsibility for my actions,” Tyson told the judge.

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Tyson, 41, left the courthouse flanked by supporters, lit a cigar and rode away in the back of a Mercedes.

Tyson plans to serve his day in jail today for DUI. He received three years of probation for the cocaine charge and also will have to pay a fine, submit to drug testing and serve 360 hours of community service.

He will be incarcerated in Tent City, Maricopa County’s jail near a dog pound and trash dump. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Tyson will wear the standard-issue pink underwear and black-and-white striped uniform. Tyson will stay in an unoccupied area, apart from Tent City’s 1,500 other inmates.

Prosecutor Shane Krauser recommended one year in prison. He noted Tyson was convicted of rape in Indiana in 1992 and pleaded no contest to assault charges in Maryland in 1999.

“Judge, by my calculations, this is his fourth or fifth chance,” Krauser said.


Dubai to host $10 million event: The world’s richest golf tournament, offering $10 million in prize money, will be played in Dubai beginning in 2009.

The Dubai World Championship, to be held at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, would run for five years with the option of extending it for another five years, European Tour officials said. The winner of the event receives $1.66 million, and the Order of Merit will be renamed The Race to Dubai, with the player finishing No. 1 in earnings at the end of the season receiving $2 million.

Meanwhile, the Ryder Cup, golf’s biggest team event, might be played in Dubai some time after 2018, said George O’Grady, chief executive officer of the European Tour.


Mathis to play with David Beckham for Los Angeles: The New York Red Bulls traded all-time leading scorer Clint Mathis to the Los Angeles Galaxy, getting a third-round pick in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Midfielder Mathis, 30, scored 45 goals for the Red Bulls. He has played for the United States in 46 international matches. Mathis started his MLS career with the Galaxy.


Mueller-Preis dies: Ellen Mueller-Preis, who won Olympic gold in fencing for Austria at the 1932 Los Angeles Games, died Sunday of kidney failure in a Vienna hospital. She was 95.


Canadian athletes have cash incentive: At the 2008 Beijing Games, Canadian athletes will be paid cash for the first time for medal-winning performances.

The incentive program is designed to compensate athletes for the financial burden of training, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced. Athletes will earn approximately $20,000 for each gold medal, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze.

The United States has paid prize money to medal-winning Olympians for years.


Puerto Rico beats U.S. team: Puerto Rico upset the United States 25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 25-22 at the men’s World Cup in Matsumoto, Japan, posting its first win over the U.S. team since 1977. The U.S. team is 1-1. The top three teams in the 12-nation tournament qualify for the Olympics.

Track and field

Gay, Felix are honored: Sprinters Tyson Gay, 25, and Allyson Felix, 22, were named winners of the Jesse Owens Award as the outstanding U.S. performers of 2007.

Pro wrestling

Doctor who treated Benoit wants out of house arrest: A doctor for a pro wrestler who killed his family and himself wants a judge to ease his bail conditions so he can work while fighting charges of overprescribing medication.

Dr. Phil Astin said in a court filing last week that he needs to leave his house to earn money. Astin filed for bankruptcy Oct. 1.

Astin, who is under house arrest, asked for permission to leave his home during working hours. The charges against Astin grew out of a probe of wrestler Chris Benoit. Benoit killed his 7-year-old son, his wife and himself in June in suburban Atlanta.

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