A unanimous decision over Roy Jones Jr. at Madison Square Garden, undisputed super middleweight champion
Joe Calzaghe (above). With the victory the 36-year-old Welshman raised his record to 46--0; afterward he reiterated that this was likely his last fight. Calzaghe has been super middleweight champ since 1997 and in the last seven months has knocked off Jones, 39, and Bernard Hopkins, 43, both among the best pound-for-pound fighters in history. Calzaghe was knocked down by Jones in the first round but dominated the rest of the bout, opening a gash over his opponent's left eye in the seventh that sent blood flowing down Jones's face. "This year I beat two legends," Calzaghe said.
As quarterbacks coach at Division II West Texas A&M, former NFL QB Ryan Leaf. On Nov. 5 Leaf, 32, who was chosen No. 2 in the 1998 draft by the Chargers, took a leave of absence after it was reported that he had asked a player for a painkilling pill. Leaf, who was also the school's golf coach, stepped down last Thursday, though police in Canyon, Texas, said Leaf had not been interviewed or charged by them. Leaf left the NFL in 2002 after unsuccessful stints with four teams.
Of colon cancer at age 61, former U.S. Olympic sprinter G. Larry James (right). At the 1968 Games the Mighty Burner, as James was known, won a gold medal in the 4 ... 400-meter relay and a silver in the 400 meters. A native of White Plains, N.Y., James later won four NCAA titles while at Villanova. He went on to become athletic director at Richard Stockton College in Pomona, N.J., a post he held for 28 years.
By the Rangers, an extra pick in next year's NHL draft to compensate for the loss of prospect Alexei Cherepanov, who died of a heart condition while playing for a Russian team last month. In 2007 the Rangers made Cherepanov, a Russian native, the 17th overall pick in the draft. He never signed an NHL contract, and he likely would have been eligible to reenter the draft in 2009. Last week the Rangers argued that they were entitled to the compensatory pick usually given teams whose unsigned picks become draft eligible. "We are not attempting to capitalize on a tragedy, but there would be no question regarding the Rangers' right ... if Cherepanov had been revived," assistant G.M. Cam Hope told the
New York Post. The NHL will rule on the case in March.
In front of three dozen major league scouts in Tempe, Ariz., 19-year-old Indian pitchers Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. The two had spent six months working with USC pitching coach Tom House, an opportunity they landed by outperforming 30,000 contestants on Million Dollar Arm, a reality show in India. In the tryout Patel reached 90 mph, Singh 84, leading to a follow-up tryout this week in L.A. After attending a Nov. 1 USC game, Singh blogged on themilliondollararm.com: "Praise Allah that we have won a baseball contest and not a football one. I don't think we could even take a hitting once."
His 20th career PGA tournament, Davis Love III, giving him a lifetime exemption to PGA Tour events. On Sunday, Love, 44, won the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Disney World, his first victory since 2006. He is one of only four active golfers with the lifetime exemption; the others are Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.
That he and his coach will run the Baltimore community pool where he started swimming, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. Last Friday, Phelps and Bob Bowman said they had signed a long-term lease and operational license for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Bowman began coaching Phelps at the NBAC when Phelps was 11; the club has produced six other Olympians. The center will continue to instruct kids in recreational and competitive swimming. "We're just very excited to be home," Bowman said.