Sun, Feb 19, 2006 - Page 22 News List

Sports Briefs


■ Football
Death ruled suicide

The death of the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy in Lutz, Florida, was ruled a suicide, a medical examiner said on Friday. James Dungy hanged himself on Dec. 22 from a bedroom ceiling fan with a leather belt, Dr. Jacqueline Lee of the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office wrote in her final autopsy report. Authorities ruled out foul play in December, and toxicology results were negative, except for caffeine and medication paramedics used in attempts to resuscitate the teen, Lee said.

■ Boxing

Corrales versus Castillo

A third fight in the lightweight championship series between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo is tentatively set for June 3. "The date's been reserved," Top Rank spokesman Lee Samuels said on Friday, adding that details were being worked out. "It looks good. We expect to have a formal announcement next week." Top Rank chief Bob Arum told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Thursday that the fight would be at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, co-sponsored by the Wynn Las Vegas resort and Harrah's Entertainment. Each fighter has won once in the series. The 28-year-old Corrales won a dramatic 10th-round knockout last May. The 32-year-old Castillo won a non-title rematch in October. Corrales is 40-3 with 33 knockouts, while Castillo is 54-7 with 47 knockouts. They were expected to meet on Feb. 4 in El Paso, Texas, but the fight was postponed when Corrales injured his ribs during training.

■ Racing

Roy Chapman dies

Roy Chapman, the owner and breeder of Smarty Jones, the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes champion, died Friday at his home in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He was 79. Chapman died after a long battle with emphysema, according to his business associate Anthony Tigano, who announced his death. Chapman was a relative unknown in horse racing circles when Smarty Jones emerged as a serious Kentucky Derby candidate. A Philadelphia-area car dealer, Chapman became involved in the sport in the 1980s but enjoyed only modest success until Smarty Jones came along.

■ Soccer

Jorge Mendonca dies

Jorge Mendonca, who starred for Brazil in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, died of a heart attack on Friday, Brazilian media reported. He was 51. Mendonca died at the Mario Gatti hospital in Campinas, where he featured for years with Guarani and Ponte Preta, Pele's Web site said. Born in Silva Jardim near Rio de Janeiro, Mendonca was barely 18 when he turned professional in 1972 with Bangu.

■ Soccer

Eriksson on Rooney

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says striker Wayne Rooney has matured and could be a future leader of the national team. "Rooney, when he came [to the national team] he was 17 years and he barely said a word," Eriksson said Friday in an interview with Swedish Radio. "In the beginning, when he did say something I did not understand his dialect. But he has grown, not only on the football pitch, but also as a guy. I can almost see him in the future ... as a leader,'' Eriksson added. ``I think he has those qualities." Eriksson said.

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