By Shane Mosley, a junior middleweight bout with Fernando Vargas in Las Vegas
last Saturday. It was the first major victory in three years for the former
champ, who won by TKO when the fight was stopped in the 10th round because
Vargas's left eye was grotesquely swollen. The 34-year-old Mosley (42-4) now
plans to drop back to the welterweight division, where he held the WBC belt
from 2000 to '02. (A natural 147-pounder, he bulked up to 152 to face the
153-pound Vargas.) "He tried to push me and shove me, and I was trying to
keep myself away because he was so heavy," said Mosley (above right).
"That fight showed that I'm a very strong welterweight."
To negotiate contracts as if there will be no league salary cap in 2007, NFL
player agents. Talks toward an extension of the collective bargaining agreement
that expires after the 2007 season stalled last week, and NFL Players
Association head Gene Upshaw informed agents that it's unlikely there will be a
deal by March 3, the start of the free agency period. Under the current
agreement, there will be no salary cap in 2007 if an extension isn't in place
before then. (Negotiations have been held up by disagreement among owners on
revenue sharing and another between the league and the union on what percentage
of revenue should go to player salaries.) Said Upshaw, who predicted salaries
could rise by 30% without the cap, "Once we get to [March 3], I don't see
us getting a deal done anytime soon."
At age 78, former Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler, from a
degenerative brain disorder. Using the energy and daring he displayed as a
world-class athlete, Chandler, starting in 1960, transformed the Times from a
provincial daily into one of the country's leading papers; it won seven
Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure, which ended with his retirement in 1980.
Chandler was a track and field star at Stanford--he nearly made the 1952 U.S.
Olympic team as a shot putter--and upon being named publisher of the Times
said, "If someone were to hand me a shot put right now, I think I could put
it 70 feet!" Chandler was also an accomplished surfer, hunter and
motorcycle racer. In 1980 the Christian Science Monitor wrote, "If Otis
Chandler hadn't existed, Ernest Hemingway would have created him."
At age 81, actor Don Knotts, of pulmonary and respiratory trouble. The wiry
West Virginia--born Knotts (above) was best known for his antics as Deputy
Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show and landlord Ralph Furley on Three's
Company. But in the 1976 film Gus he played the coach of a football team that
used its mule mascot to kick field goals. Three years later he was a boxing
trainer in The Prize Fighter.
To Astros minor leaguers in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday, the semiretired Roger
Clemens. The 43-year-old former Astro, who hasn't said yet if he'll play this
season, faced his son Koby, 19, who was drafted by Houston last June. The
result? Koby hit a home run. "That was probably one of the harder fastballs
I cut loose," the elder Clemens said. "He got my attention." Koby
also got a taste of his dad's nasty side--he was brushed back in his next at
bat. Afterward the seven-time Cy Young winner reiterated his stance on playing
a 23rd season: He plans to pitch in the World Baseball Classic and then assess.
"I've been trying to [retire] for a couple of years now and it's not
working," he said.
By the NBA, guidelines for player physicals, after a spate of heart-related
problems in the last year. All players must now undergo echocardiograms, heart
imaging exams that can detect defects missed by the electrocardiograms players
now take. The change is meant to address a string of cardiac incidents: In
October the death of Hawks center Jason Collier was traced to an enlarged
heart. Former Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg and free-agent forward Robert
Traylor are out for the year with heart ailments, and Lakers top draft pick
Ronny Turiaf missed most of the season. The NBA is the first pro league to make
By Cincinnati apparel company Bygone Sports, a trademark on the name Washington
Nationals, meaning the baseball franchise may change its identity to sell
merchandise with its logo. Bygone, which sells Nationals-themed T-shirts and
caps, applied for the trademark in 2002, when the Nationals were still the
Montreal Expos, and received approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
last month. Major League Baseball tried to negotiate a deal with Bygone in
2004, but last year MLB sued the company, which then countersued. "Bygone
is nothing more than the typical squatter who tries to take advantage of
someone else's reputation," Ethan Orlinsky, a lawyer for MLB, told The
Washington Post. The paper reported that the Washington club will change its
name if MLB loses the case. A trial is scheduled to begin on April 3.
As a superior alternative to sports beverages, chocolate milk. According to a
study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise
Metabolism, athletes who drank chocolate milk after a workout were able to
exercise more intensely in a second workout than those who drank commercial
sports beverages. Said co-author Joel M. Stager, professor of kinesiology at
Indiana, "Chocolate milk contains an optimal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio,
which is critical for helping refuel tired muscles." In the study chocolate
milk performed better than a carbohydrate-replacement drink and similarly to a
For Greece (N.Y.) Athena High, team manager Jason McElwain (above), who played
for the Trojans late in their home finale against Spencerport. McElwain, 17, a
senior, is autistic, and coach Jim Johnson sent him in as a reward for his
years of hard work for the team. Wise move: The 5'6" McElwain scored 20
points and hit six of 10 three-pointers--in four minutes of playing time. After
sinking a buzzer-beater he was mobbed by players and spectators. "I was
really hotter than a pistol!" said McElwain, who didn't begin speaking
until age five. This fall he'll study business management at Monroe Community
College in Rochester.