Doping cloud over Peter-McCline bout

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityETC.: More than 55 years after he became an unlikely heavyweight champion, the late Jersey Joe Walcott is finally getting his day in his hometown. Camden, N.J., has declared today “Jersey Joe Walcott Day,” and a 4-foot granite monument of the boxer will be unveiled. The monument stands in Jersey Joe Walcott Park. Golf Jesper Parnevik followed his career-best 61 with a 5-under-par 65 to take a four-shot lead midway through the Texas Open in San Antonio. The 42-year-old Swede had a 14-under 126 total, the lowest 36-hole score on the PGA Tour this year and just a stroke off the tour record of 125 held by Tiger Woods, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin. Parnevik is seeking his first victory since taking the 2001 Honda Classic for his fifth tour title. Sweden’s Mathias Gronberg was second after a 65. Two other Swedes – Fredrik Jacobson (65) and Richard S. Johnson (66) – were 9 under, and Justin Leonard, the 2000 and ’01 winner, was 8 under after a 67. From news services Samuel Peter and Jameel McCline were set to fight for the heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden tonight while boxing authorities investigate a report that McCline received large amounts of steroids and other banned substances in 2005 and 2006. “So far everything’s OK,” New York State Athletic Commission chairman Ron Scott Stevens told The Associated Press on Friday. McCline had his prefight physical Thursday, Stevens said. The boxers will be tested for performance-enhancing and illegal drugs about an hour before the fight today and right afterward, with results coming about five days later, he said. ETC.: Lorena Ochoa shot 2-under 70 on the second day of the Longs Drugs Challenge in Danville, leaving her a stroke behind defending champion Karrie Webb (69) and Lorie Kane (69). … Loren Roberts capped a 4-under 66 with a 2-foot birdie for a two-shot lead over Scott Hoch at the midpoint of the Senior Players Championship in Timonium, Md. …Annika Sorenstam turned down her invitation to the Samsung World Championship, not wanting to cause hardship with any players who felt she might be taking their spot in the 20-player field. In an effort to upgrade the event, tournament organizers last week eliminated a criteria that had not been used in nine years – the option to exempt the U.S. Women’s Amateur champion – and replaced it with an exemption for an active Hall of Fame member. Tennis Top-ranked Justine Henin beat Elena Dementieva, 6-4, 6-4, and Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Serena Williams, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Henin will play Jelena Jankovic, who made the semifinals when defending champ Nadia Petrova retired in the second set because of a hip injury. Kuznetsova will play Tatiana Golovin, who beat qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-3, 6-4. Gymnastics Olympic silver medalist Morgan Hamm had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, and expects to be healthy in time for next summer’s Beijing Olympics. Hamm, twin brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Paul Hamm, tore the muscle on the right side of his chest while training on high bar Tuesday. The muscle was reattached at Ohio State, and he will be in a sling for five to six weeks. He will start physical therapy Monday and be back training in five months. Motorsports It took Dario Franchitti less than a straightaway to know he was in foreign territory at Talladega Superspeedway. The reigning IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner saw the green flag wave for the start of the ARCA RE/MAX 250, his stock car debut, and immediately ran out of room on the high-banked oval. “You can’t pass on the left in this kind of racing like you can in IndyCar and people checked up in front of me on the start and I had nowhere to go,” Franchitti said, grinning. “That was my first learning experience and it continued all day.” The 34-year-old Scot, driving his first race for Chip Ganassi, managed to stay out of trouble throughout the 94-lap event and wound up 17th. ETC.: Reigning series champion Todd Bodine took the pole position for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, beating out three-time champion Jack Sprague in qualifying. Cycling Italian cyclist Luca Ascani could be banned for up to two years after backup tests confirmed he took a blood-boosting hormone at his national championships in June. He was suspended Aug. 2 by the Italian cycling federation pending a hearing. A date has not yet been set. College sports Washington State basketball player Taylor Rochestie will give up his scholarship his senior year so the Cougars can sign a highly touted recruit from Florida. Rochestie, a 6-foot-1 guard, is expected to start this season for the Cougars. He said he made the decision because his family can afford to pay the approximately $25,000 cost of going to the Pullman-based school. “When I first learned of this option to open up a scholarship by giving up mine, I thought it sounded great,” Rochestie said in a press release. “I am thankful that I was fortunate enough to be in a situation where I could help the team out.” Rochestie, a junior, will come off scholarship his senior season. That will free up a scholarship so the team can sign Marcus Capers, a 6-foot-4 guard from Montverde Academy near Orlando, Fla. ETC.: Michigan tennis player Brian Hung is the NCAA sportsman of the year. Hung, a native of Hong Kong, was the Wolverines’ captain last season. He was active at an Ann Arbor children’s hospital and mentored students in the local school system. The NCAA team sportsmanship award went to the Framingham State women’s soccer team. Against Bridgewater State last year, Framingham took a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute of the game. Several players said the goal entered the side netting and Coach Tucker Reynolds told his players to allow Bridgewater to score and tie the game. Bridgewater eventually won, 3-2, costing Framingham a postseason berth. “Five years from now, nobody is going to know or care what the score of the game was, but maybe somebody’s going to be talking to their child about ethics and sportsmanship because of that game,” Reynolds said. Deaths The Japan Sumo Association fired the trainer of a teenage novice who died after an alleged beating by fellow wrestlers. Police questioned stable master Tokitsukaze, 57, and the other trainees under his care after 17-year-old wrestler Tokitaizan collapsed following practice on June 26. Tokitaizan, whose real name was Takashi Saito, died later in a hospital. An autopsy showed his body had numerous bruises and wounds that did not appear consistent with those sustained in normal sumo training. Horse racing Diamond Stripes took the lead in midstretch and then survived a foul claim by runner-up Magna Graduate’s jockey to win the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup by a half-length. Jockey John Velazquez claimed Diamond Stripes and jockey Cornelio Velasquez interfered at the top of the stretch, but the stewards at the Meadowlands Racetrack found nothing wrong. The win in one of the last major preps for the Breeders’ Cup Championships later this month at nearby Monmouth Park may have earned Diamond Stripes a spot in either the Classic or the dirt mile. ETC.: Trainer Patrick Biancone was suspended for one year by Kentucky racing officials for violations of horse medication rules. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more