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Edited by Stephen Cannella
July 17, 2006
Won By Cory Spinks (above) the IBF junior middleweight title, with a decision over Russia's Roman Karmazin in St. Louis last Saturday. It was a career-saving win for the son of former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks-the younger Spinks, 28, hadn't fought since surrendering his welterweight title in a loss to Zab Judah in February 2005. Spinks (35-3) prepared for Karmazin (34-2-1) by training in isolation at the Orwell, Ohio, ranch of promoter Don King (inset, with Spinks), and the regimen paid off. He danced around Karmazin's punches and landed enough to win on two cards. "I'm back," Spinks said. "I feel like I'm on top of the world."
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July 17, 2006

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Won
By Cory Spinks (above) the IBF junior middleweight title, with a decision over Russia's Roman Karmazin in St. Louis last Saturday. It was a career-saving win for the son of former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks-the younger Spinks, 28, hadn't fought since surrendering his welterweight title in a loss to Zab Judah in February 2005. Spinks (35-3) prepared for Karmazin (34-2-1) by training in isolation at the Orwell, Ohio, ranch of promoter Don King (inset, with Spinks), and the regimen paid off. He danced around Karmazin's punches and landed enough to win on two cards. "I'm back," Spinks said. "I feel like I'm on top of the world."

Returning
To the ring, former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier ... for a charity bout against Memphis mayor Willie Herenton. Frazier, 62, and Herenton, 65, will fight in Memphis on Nov. 30 to raise money for a local drug treatment program. This will be Frazier's first fight since 1981. Last week Herenton got a head start on the prefight trash talk. "My hands move so fast, they scare me sometimes," Hizzoner said. "You're going to see a good senior citizen who has a great array of skills."

Barred
By a Maryland judge, from signing free agents to contracts longer than one year, the NBA's Hawks and the NHL's Thrashers. Both franchises are owned by the Atlanta Spirit group, which is embroiled in a court battle with estranged partner Steve Belkin. Last month Montgomery County (Md.) Circuit Court Judge Eric Johnson said that Belkin was entitled to buy out his Spirit partners, a ruling that the group appealed. While the appeal is pending, Johnson ordered that neither team can "initiate the purchase, sale, trade or negotiation of any NBA or NHL player contract" unless the deal is for a year or less. The decision does not apply to draft picks or players with whom negotiations have already begun-such as guard Speedy Claxton, who was expected to sign a four-year deal with the Hawks when NBA free agency began on Wednesday.

Jailed
For contempt of court, Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds's personal trainer. Anderson, 39, served three months in prison last year after pleading guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering related to the BALCO scandal. In March he was ordered to testify to a federal grand jury investigating whether Bonds committed perjury before the BALCO grand jury in 2003. Anderson refused, and last week U.S. District Court judge William Alsup ordered that Anderson be jailed until he agrees to testify. He will be released when the grand jury's term expires, which is expected to be in a few weeks.

Announced
That he will join the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team next year, Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya (above). The Colombian, 30, who won F/1's Monaco Grand Prix in 2003, took the CART series championship in 1999 and the 2000 Indianapolis 500 while driving for Ganassi's team, before bolting to Formula One in '01. He will be the only foreign-born driver on the Nextel Cup circuit, and his international popularity is expected to bolster NASCAR's effort to draw a more diverse fan base. Montoya is confident about his chances, even though few drivers have successfully made the switch from open-wheel to stock car racing. "Three years down the line," said Montoya, "I'll be a lot happier doing this."

Discussed
By Danica Patrick's father and manager, T.J., with several NASCAR teams, the possibility of his daughter's jumping from the IRL to the Nextel Cup circuit, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. Patrick's contract with Rahal Letterman Racing expires after this season, and according to the Sentinel, T.J. and his wife, Bev, were guests of Roush Racing at NASCAR's USG Sheetrock 400 in Chicago on Sunday. The Patricks are reportedly negotiating with other NASCAR teams as well: "I'm trying to get her [into NASCAR]," T.J. told the paper. Patrick has struggled in her second IRL season and has failed to finish higher than sixth in eight races.

Remembered
By 900 mourners in a memorial service in Evanston, Ill., last Thursday, Northwestern football coach Randy Walker (right), who died of a heart attack on June 29. Walker, who was 52, took over the Wildcats in 1999 and went 37-46 with three bowl appearances in seven seasons. (He's the first Northwestern coach with four six-win seasons since 1902.) "He was a father figure, a friend, a mentor and a spiritual leader of our team," said kicker Joel Howells. Last Friday, Northwestern promoted assistant coach Pat Fitzgerald to replace Walker; at 31, Fitzgerald's the youngest coach in Division I. "[It's] the most bittersweet feeling I've ever had in my life," said Fitzgerald.

Died
At age 86 after a long battle with cancer, Gert Fredriksson, the Olympics' most successful male canoeist. The Swede won his first gold medals in the 1,000- and 10,000-meter kayak singles at the London Games in 1948-he won the 10,000 by 30.5 seconds, a record margin that still stands-and in three more Olympiads he added four more golds, a silver and a bronze. Fredriksson's total of eight canoeing medals is surpassed only by that of Germany's Birgit Fischer, who won eight gold and four silver medals.

Suspended
For six months by the Louisiana Racing Commission, Steve Asmussen, North America's top money-winning thoroughbred trainer in 2004 and '05. In March one of Asmussen's horses, No End in Sight, tested positive for the banned anesthetic mepivicaine after a race at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La. Asmussen denied giving the medication to the horse, but he said that a positive test result is the responsibility of the trainer. "I'm not going to appeal it," Asmussen, the second-leading trainer with $7,520,468 in purses this year, told the Daily Racing Form. "I didn't, nor did anyone in my employment administer mepivicaine to No End in Sight."

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