De La Hoya admits himself to a treatment facility
Oscar De La Hoya has admitted himself to a treatment facility as he continues to fight his substance abuse.
The former champion issued a statement Tuesday saying he voluntarily admitted himself to an unnamed facility — shortly before the biggest fight of the year for his promotion company Saturday night, when Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Canelo Alvarez.
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“I will not be at the fight this Saturday to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility,” De La Hoya, 40, said in his statement. “I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first.”
De La Hoya admitted two years ago he was an alcoholic and drug user and had been in treatment.
He told the Los Angeles Times last month he sometimes attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings six days a week, but had slipped at times in his treatment.
“The fight life, that was easy,” he told the paper. “This is a battle I have every day.”
De La Hoya is a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Alvarez and is promoting the bout against Mayweather.
De La Hoya won world titles in six classes and a 1992 Olympic gold medal. He retired from the ring in December 2008.
Team New Zealand adds to its lead over Oracle
Defending America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA could be in deep trouble against scrappy Emirates Team New Zealand.
The American powerhouse was so soundly beaten by the Kiwis in Race 5 that Larry Ellison’s syndicate had to call timeout.
Ellison, the software billionaire who runs Oracle Corp., has made crew changes before, and some could be coming after a major blunder by his team let Team New Zealand speed off to a resounding victory of 1 minute, 5 seconds on San Francisco Bay.
Not long before the scheduled start of Race 6, Oracle Team USA radioed in to the race committee that it was playing its one postponement card of the regatta, meaning the race was scrubbed until Thursday.
The Kiwis crushed momentum Oracle gained with its victory Sunday in Race 4.
Team New Zealand leads, in effect, 4 to minus-1 and needs five more race victories to claim the oldest trophy in international sports.
Before the competition against Team New Zealand, Oracle was docked two points by an international jury in the biggest cheating scandal in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup. Oracle needs 10 more race victories to keep the trophy.
Drivers react to sanctions
Clint Bowyer said he feels awful for costing Ryan Newman a victory, though his apology for spinning in Saturday ’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond, Va., is not an admission of guilt.
Newman said he also feels terrible. Only his sympathy is for Martin Truex Jr., the unwitting participant in a botched race-fixing attempt by Michael Waltrip Racing that has put two friends in an awkward position and spoiled the start of NASCAR’s 12-driver, 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup title.
NASCAR ruled MWR manipulated the outcome of the race and levied unprecedented sanctions that put Newman in the Chase and bumped Truex out.
MWR was also fined $300,000; general manager Ty Norris was suspended indefinitely; and drivers Bowyer, Truex and Brian Vickers were docked 50 points each.
Bowyer denied his spin with seven laps to go was deliberate. Asked specifically if an apology to Newman was an admission of guilt, Bowyer said, “Let’s not dig too much into this.”
Newman said he has no doubt MWR manipulated the ending of the race.
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• The visiting Washington Mystics clinched a spot in the WNBA playoffs for the first time since 2010 with a 69-67 victory over the defending champion Indiana Fever.
Kia Vaughn and Ivory Latta each scored 15 points for the Mystics.
Indiana’s Briann January, who is from Spokane, scored a game-high 16 points.
In another WNBA game, Phoenix beat host New York 80-76.
• Training camps open around the NHL on Wednesday, a mere 79 days after the Chicago Blackhawks wrapped up a lockout-shortened season by winning the Stanley Cup.
• Ex-Detroit forward Daniel Cleary, 34, has indicated he will accept a three-year deal worth about $8.25 million from the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, according to multiple reports.
• A federal judge in California sided with former cyclist Lance Armstrong and the publishers of his autobiographies, rejecting claims in a lawsuit that lies about not using performance-enhancing drugs amounted to fraud and false advertising.
A group of readers who bought Armstrong’s “It’s Not About The Bike” and “Every Second Counts” sued in Sacramento federal court, seeking class-action status and more than $5 million in damages.
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