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Floyd Mayweather Jr. sought after domestic violence report

NCAA basketball tourney to begin at University of Dayton.

September 09, 2010|Staff and wire reports

Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is being sought for questioning in Las Vegas after a domestic violence report was given by his former girlfriend early Thursday morning.

The woman, Josie Harris, who Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say has children with Mayweather, summoned multiple police cars at 5:03 a.m. to a southwest Las Vegas home and reported the boxer attacked her. Domestic violence investigators were at the scene, police spokesman Bill Cassell said. The spokesman said Harris was treated at a hospital for "minor injuries" and released.

"At this point, Mr. Mayweather is a suspect in a domestic battery violence case, and we would very much like to speak with him," Cassell said.

Mayweather's spokeswoman had no information about the alleged incident, and attempts to reach the boxer's advisor were not immediately successful.

Cassell said details such as what prompted the alleged incident and Harris' specific injuries were "part of the investigation." Asked if Mayweather would be arrested, Cassell said only that, for now, the boxer is a "person of interest."

Mayweather, who last fought May 1 and won a lopsided decision over Shane Mosley in Las Vegas, apologized this week after unleashing a racially charged, expletive-filled video attack on Manny Pacquiao.

— Lance Pugmire

March Madness will begin in Dayton

The University of Dayton will host all four first-round games of the newly expanded men's basketball tournament next March, the NCAA said.

Two games will match the tournament's lowest seeds, Nos. 65 through 68, with the winners advancing as No. 16 seeds to play a top seed. The other two games will match the last four of the 37 at-large qualifiers.

The 68-team field will be announced March 13, with first-round games taking place Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15-16.

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Bob Miller, the Kings' play-by-play announcer since 1973 and a Hockey Hall of Fame media honoree, is scheduled to undergo what he called a precautionary surgical procedure on Friday and will miss the Kings' Fan Fest Saturday.

However, Miller said in a phone conversation that he hopes to be ready for the Kings' upcoming season, which begins Oct. 9 and will be his 38th in the broadcast booth. The problem is not life-threatening, he said, but he declined to elaborate.

Miller, who will be 72 next month, said he expects to spend a few days in the hospital. "It's the only time we could do it and still be OK for the start of the season," he said of the procedure.

— Helene Elliott

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Kings prospect Brayden Schenn, who was expected to have an MRI exam on his injured knee on Thursday, will instead see a team doctor on Friday, the Kings said. A team spokesman said there won't be an update on the condition of the young center's knee until Friday afternoon.

Rookie camp is scheduled to begin Saturday at the Kings' practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.

— Helene Elliott

FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants the governing body to consider scrapping extra-time at the 2014 World Cup to encourage attacking ambition after seeing too much defensive tactics in South Africa.

Blatter said Thursday that he wants to stop teams being defensive when they are tied after 90 minutes in a knockout match "in an attempt to avoid conceding a goal at all costs."

"To prevent this, we could go directly to a penalty shootout at full time, or reintroduce the golden goal rule," Blatter said in an interview published on FIFA's website.

The golden goal rule applied at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, in which the first goal of extra-time decides the game.

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