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April 19, 2010
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April 19, 2010

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With a noninvasive form of breast cancer, tennis icon Martina Navratilova (above). The retired 53-year-old, a winner of 59 Grand Slam titles, says doctors first detected a lump in her left breast in January; a biopsy revealed ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and in March she had the lump removed. (Of the estimated 50,000 women diagnosed with DCIS, 2% die of cancer within 10 years, according to a National Institutes of Health study.) In May, Navratilova is scheduled to undergo six weeks of radiation therapy in Paris, during which time she hopes to serve as a commentator on the Tennis Channel's coverage of the French Open. "[This] was my personal 9/11," Navratilova told ABC's Robin Roberts, herself a breast cancer survivor, last week. "I've been healthy all my life, and all of a sudden I have cancer. Are you kidding me?"


By 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic champion Zenyatta, the Apple Blossom Invitational at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. In taking last Friday's mile-and-an-eighth race by 4ΒΌ lengths, the 6-year-old mare became just the third horse (after 1948 Triple Crown champion Citation and 1995--96 Horse of the Year Cigar) to go undefeated in 16 straight top-tier races. Conspicuously absent from the Apple Blossom field was 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who'd been expected to compete in Hot Springs before she was pulled following an unexpected loss last month to one of Zenyatta's stablemates, Zardana. "We're going to plan our schedule," Zenyatta's owner, Jerry Moss, said of a potential matchup at the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic in November. "If Rachel Alexandra wants to join us, she's more than welcome."


From the Steelers to the Jets less than 24 hours before he was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season, Santonio Holmes, MVP of Super Bowl XLIII. On Sunday evening New York dealt Pittsburgh its fifth-round pick in next week's draft for the 26-year-old receiver (79 catches, 1,248 yards in '09). On Monday afternoon the league suspended Holmes for an unspecified violation of its substance abuse policy. Holmes's past troubles are well documented: In '06 he was arrested for disorderly conduct (charges were dropped) and involved in a domestic violence case (charges also dropped); in '08 he was arrested for possession of marijuana, for which he apologized. With the move, Holmes leaves behind a Steelers franchise already dealing with the fallout from accusations of sexual assault against quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who on Monday learned that Georgia authorities would not pursue charges against him.


By the ECHL's Johnstown (Pa.) Chiefs, a relocation to Greenville, S.C. The minor league hockey team was founded in 1988 to honor the '77 hockey comedy Slap Shot. The Chiefs, named after Slap Shot's fictional Charlestown Chiefs (which were inspired by the Johnstown Jets, a real-life team that folded the year the movie was released), have struggled to fill seats at 60-year-old Cambria County War Memorial Arena, which doubled as the movie's main set more than 30 years ago. Citing the economy and a series of investment deals gone wrong, owner Neil Smith, a former Rangers G.M., echoed one of the movie's plotlines in deciding to move the team. One of the team's minority shareholders, Ned Nakles, is forming a nonprofit corporation to buy the Chiefs' name, logo and statistics.


At age 90, Arthur Mercante Sr., the third man in the ring for the 1971 heavyweight title bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier (above, far left), and the first active referee inducted into boxing's Hall of Fame, in '95. A childhood friend of Rocky Marciano's, Mercante was introduced to boxing by his uncle Joe Monte, who'd fought Max Schmeling and Jim Braddock. Mercante dabbled in Golden Gloves as a teen and turned to refereeing in the U.S. Navy, where his commanding officer was former heavyweight champ Gene Tunney. In '54 he embarked on a 47-year pro career during which he would employ his aggressively controlling style in more than 140 championship matches. Mercante's son Arthur Mercante Jr. followed in his boxing shoes in 1984 and has since refereed 147 bouts, including last year's WBO welterweight title fight, in which Miguel Cotto defeated Joshua Clottey.

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