Vitali Klitschko weighed 250 pounds yesterday to 270 for challenger Danny Williams, breaking the record for combined weight...
Klitschko, Williams break heavyweight record: Vitali Klitschko weighed 250 pounds yesterday to 270 for challenger Danny Williams, breaking the record for combined weight in a heavyweight title fight.
The old mark of 504-1/2 was set by Klitschko and Lennox Lewis when Lewis won on cuts after six rounds in June 2003.
Williams also tied the mark for heaviest title fighter, set in 1934 by Primo Carnera, when he outpointed 184-pound Tommy Loughran.
Klitschko defends his WBC heavyweight title tomorrow night in Las Vegas.
Mesi submits medical records: Unbeaten heavyweight Joe Mesi wants to fight again, despite tests that appear to show bleeding on his brain from his last bout. Mesi submitted medical results to Nevada officials, the first step in an attempt to resume a career that’s been on hold since his March fight with Vassiliy Jirov.
U.S. athletes say most not using drugs: Four U.S. Olympic track-and-field athletes want the public to know that most Olympic athletes are not taking drugs and that Americans need to get involved in dealing with the problem of drugs in sports.
“The entire United States, the entire world must take a stand,” said Bryan Clay, the silver medalist in the decathlon at the Athens Games. “We need to start from the top. The government must make this a priority. This should be part of President Bush’s war on drugs.”
Clay, long-jump gold medalist Dwight Phillips, shot-put silver medalist Adam Nelson and high-jump fourth-place finisher Jamie Nieto spoke at a news conference arranged by Honolulu Marathon organizers.
Kvapil to replace Gaughan: Brendan Gaughan was fired by Penske-Jasper Racing after struggling in his first season of Nextel Cup competition. Travis Kvapil will replace him in the No. 77 Dodge in 2005.
Formula One’s British Grand Prix saved: The British Grand Prix will remain on the Formula One calendar for the next five years at Silverstone after being threatened with cancellation. There now will be 19 F1 races next season, with the final 2005 calendar announced today.
American bobsled team wins: Americans Jill Bakken and Amanda Moreley won the America’s Cup bobsled race in Park City, Utah, edging a Canadian team by just over a second.
American takes skeleton event: American Noelle Pikus-Pace won a women’s World Cup skeleton event in Igls, Austria, to take the overall lead in the season standings. Gregor Staehli of Switzerland won the men’s race.
Germans sweep biathlon: Germany’s Martina Glagow won a 15-kilometer biathlon event in Oslo, Norway, for her first World Cup victory this season, and compatriot Sven Fischer won a men’s 20K race.
Hunt plans to sell Wizards: Kansas City Wizards owner Lamar Hunt plans to sell the team and is looking for a local buyer who will build a soccer-specific stadium for the club.
Hunt said he decided to sell the MLS team after voters defeated a tax plan that would have funded improvements at Arrowhead Stadium.
U.S. coach resigns: Ratko Rudic is stepping down as the U.S. men’s coach to take over his native Croatia’s team.
League fines owner, suspends referee: James Galante, owner of the Danbury (Conn.) Trashers of the United Hockey League, was fined but not suspended after the league president said he couldn’t prove whether Galante hit a linesman.
The linesman, James Harper, was suspended for five games because he got into a shouting match that led up to the scuffle.
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