March 11, 2011 |
Miguel Cotto understands the value of redemption, and to get there requires a successful title defense Saturday night against Nicaraguan madman Ricardo Mayorga. Should he do the expected as an 8-to-1 Las Vegas betting favorite and keep the World Boxing Assn. super-welterweight belt in a pay-per-view bout at MGM Grand, Puerto Rico's Cotto (35-2, 28 knockouts) has agreed to make his nemesis, Antonio Margarito, his next opponent in July. "Miguel has taken some horrific beatings, but he's always retained his dignity and the thing I always talk to him about is the importance of signature fights," said Emanuel Steward, Cotto's Hall of Fame trainer.
June 11, 2006 |
It was over in a New York minute -- 49 seconds. Making his professional boxing debut, with raucous teammates chanting from ringside, Notre Dame safety turned heavyweight Tommy Zbikowski did a summer job on Robert Bell of Akron, Ohio, on Saturday night, scoring a first-round technical knockout at Madison Square Garden. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr.
April 28, 2011 |
Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany might have acted differently toward five Ohio State football players who were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl despite NCAA violations had he known the information that has since been uncovered. The players were permitted to wait until this fall to begin serving five-game suspensions for accepting money and tattoos from the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor. It was not until more than a week after the Buckeyes' 31-26 victory over Arkansas that school officials realized Coach Jim Tressel had known about the violations for more than nine months.