By Juan Manuel Marquez, the WBC super featherweight title, with a unanimousdecision over Marco Antonio Barrera. Both men were bleeding by the end of thewild 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 refereeruled it a slip, however, and also deducted a point from Barrera for hittingMarquez while he was down. The judges' decision infuriated Barrera, 33, who wasoffered a rematch by Marquez, 33, but said he will consider retirement."They were bad judges," Barrera said through a translator. "I wonthis fight, and I don't know what happened."
For delivering a pro-drugs message to America's youth, Cavaliers center ScotPollard. During Cleveland's win over the Pacers on March 11, Pollard, who wasinactive and sitting on the bench in street clothes, looked into a TV cameraduring a timeout and said, "Hey, kids, do drugs." Pollard said he waskidding. "It was a bad joke," he said. "Obviously, I don't believethat." Pollard has not been punished; Cavs G.M. Danny Ferry said, "[We]certainly do not condone his actions.... We will handle the issueinternally."
To four months in jail for a probation violation, Bears tackle Tank Johnson. InDecember, Johnson was arrested on weapons charges when police found sixunregistered firearms in his Gurnee, Ill., home. (He pleaded not guilty tomisdemeanor gun charges.) Last Thursday a Cook County judge sentenced Johnsonto 120 days in prison because the arrest violated the terms of the probation hereceived after pleading guilty to gun possession in 2005. Still, Chicago coachLovie Smith said Johnson, who began serving his time last Friday, would likelybe part of the team next season. "There are good guys and there are badguys," Smith said. "Tank Johnson is a good guy."
Third in the women's Alpine World Cup overall standings, Julia Mancuso, thebest result by a U.S. woman since 1984. Mancuso, 23, the 2006 Olympic giantslalom gold medalist, was in contention for the title until she finished 16thin the season's final slalom last Saturday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland."I'm thrilled to be third," said Mancuso (above), who was eighthoverall last year. "I'm excited for the future."
From the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, two-time runner-up Ramy Brooks, forabusing his dogs. On March 13 witnesses saw Brooks, 38, hit some of his dogswith 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 ofBrooks's dogs died on the trail the next day; an early necropsy wasinconclusive. Said race marshal Mark Nordman, "[Brooks] just says he made amistake 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 aone-man sideline show—while wearing a trademark orange and aqua hat—at Dolphinsgames for nearly 34 years, leading the crowd in chants from the team's firstseason in 1966 until 2000. Jones, who died at age 76 last Saturday fromdiabetes and heart disease, entertained the fans for more than 40 years withsideline dances and magic tricks while wearing chaps, a six-shooter and a bluevest. "He touched thousands of lives and generations of football fans,"Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "He will remain an important part of thisteam's heritage."
They Said It
JOHN AMAECHI, ex-NBA center who recently said he wasgay, on people who use the Old Testament to justify anti-homosexual views:
"It also forbids eating shellfish. If being gay is as bad as going to RedLobster, I'm not really worried about it."
72 Goals scored by Oshawa Generals center John Tavaresthis season, breaking the Ontario Hockey League record for 16-year-olds set byWayne Gretzky in 1978.
503 Career goals scored by Stars center Mike Modano,who against the Predators last Saturday set a record for the most by aU.S.-born NHL player.
17 Years since the Celtics had won in San Antonio—aspan of 15 games—before they beat the Spurs 91--85 last Saturday.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball coach CarolRussell was on the bench for a Division II NCAA tournament game five hoursafter giving birth.
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PICTURE THIS March 15 Missouri's Ben Askren beat Northern Illinois's Daniel Burk at the NCAA wrestling championships.
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