By Juan Manuel Marquez, the WBC super featherweight title, with a unanimous
decision over Marco Antonio Barrera. Both men were bleeding by the end of the
wild bout, which took place in Las Vegas, and in the seventh round Barrera
(63--5) knocked down Marquez (47--3--1) with a right to the chin. The referee
ruled it a slip, however, and also deducted a point from Barrera for hitting
Marquez while he was down. The judges' decision infuriated Barrera, 33, who was
offered a rematch by Marquez, 33, but said he will consider retirement.
"They were bad judges," Barrera said through a translator. "I won
this fight, and I don't know what happened."
For delivering a pro-drugs message to America's youth, Cavaliers center Scot
Pollard. During Cleveland's win over the Pacers on March 11, Pollard, who was
inactive and sitting on the bench in street clothes, looked into a TV camera
during a timeout and said, "Hey, kids, do drugs." Pollard said he was
kidding. "It was a bad joke," he said. "Obviously, I don't believe
that." Pollard has not been punished; Cavs G.M. Danny Ferry said, "[We]
certainly do not condone his actions.... We will handle the issue
To four months in jail for a probation violation, Bears tackle Tank Johnson. In
December, Johnson was arrested on weapons charges when police found six
unregistered firearms in his Gurnee, Ill., home. (He pleaded not guilty to
misdemeanor gun charges.) Last Thursday a Cook County judge sentenced Johnson
to 120 days in prison because the arrest violated the terms of the probation he
received after pleading guilty to gun possession in 2005. Still, Chicago coach
Lovie Smith said Johnson, who began serving his time last Friday, would likely
be part of the team next season. "There are good guys and there are bad
guys," Smith said. " Tank Johnson is a good guy."
Third in the women's Alpine World Cup overall standings, Julia Mancuso, the
best result by a U.S. woman since 1984. Mancuso, 23, the 2006 Olympic giant
slalom gold medalist, was in contention for the title until she finished 16th
in the season's final slalom last Saturday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
"I'm thrilled to be third," said Mancuso (above), who was eighth
overall last year. "I'm excited for the future."
From the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, two-time runner-up Ramy Brooks, for
abusing his dogs. On March 13 witnesses saw Brooks, 38, hit some of his dogs
with a thin wooden rod after two refused to run on an ice patch in Golovin,
Alaska, about 95 miles from the finish line of the 1,150-mile race. One of
Brooks's dogs died on the trail the next day; an early necropsy was
inconclusive. Said race marshal Mark Nordman, "[Brooks] just says he made a
mistake and wants to learn from it."
Two elder statesmen among NFL superfans: Dolphins supporter "Dolfan"
Denny Sym and unofficial Cowboys mascot Wilford (Crazy Ray) Jones. Sym (right),
who died last Friday at age 72 after battling cancer and kidney disease, was a
one-man sideline show—while wearing a trademark orange and aqua hat—at Dolphins
games for nearly 34 years, leading the crowd in chants from the team's first
season in 1966 until 2000. Jones, who died at age 76 last Saturday from
diabetes and heart disease, entertained the fans for more than 40 years with
sideline dances and magic tricks while wearing chaps, a six-shooter and a blue
vest. "He touched thousands of lives and generations of football fans,"
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "He will remain an important part of this