John retains world title
Indonesia's Chris John defeated Japan's Zaiki Takemoto on a technical knockout yesterday in Kobe, Jappan, to retain his WBA featherweight title. John sent Takemoto to the canvas in the sixth and eighth rounds with a series of punches to the head of the Japanese challenger, who was unable to continue after the ninth round. John, who successfully defended his title for the eighth time, opened a cut above Takemoto's left eye in the fourth round and was never seriously challenged by his opponent. The 27-year-old John, nicknamed `The Dragon,' improved to 40-0-1 with 21 knockouts. Takemoto dropped to 21-7-1 with 12 knockouts. John was the third Indonesian to win a boxing world title, following Ellyas Pical (three times IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion, 1985-1989), and Nico Thomas (IBF Strawweight Champion, 1989)
Dye inks new deal
Outfielder Jermaine Dye ended free agency speculation when he signed a two-year, US$22 million contract extension with the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. The 33-year-old will receive US$9.5 million next year and US$11.5 million the following season, the White Sox said on their official Web site. The deal includes a mutual option of US$12 million in salary for 2010 or a US$1 million buyout. Dye, the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 World Series, has a team-high 24 home runs and has hit .245 with 62 RBI in 104 games for the White Sox this season. A twice All-Star, he has batted .274 with 260 home runs and 879 RBI in 1,434 games during a 12-year career.
Norman stole my wife: Mill
Tennis legend Chris Evert's former husband says Australian golfing great Greg Norman stole his wife. Andy Mill, a US Olympic skiing champion, said he was broken-hearted by Norman's betrayal, saying he once regarded the golfing legend as his best friend. "Greg Norman at one time was my best friend, and a year and a half ago I would have taken a bullet for this guy," Mill was quoted saying in Australia's Sunday Telegraph. "I didn't realize he was the one who was going to pull the trigger." Evert filed for divorce from Mill last November, citing "irreconcilable differences". She had been romantically linked with Norman in media reports since October. Evert and Mill had long been close friends with Norman, 52, and his soon-to-be ex-wife Laura.
Doping needs to be tackled
Baseball must continue its battle against doping if it wants to regain Olympic status, a high-ranking member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told baseball officials on Saturday. "Beijing will be a great opportunity for baseball," IOC vice president Thomas Bach told an extraordinary congress of the International Baseball Federation in Frankfurt. Baseball was voted out of the games in 2005 by the IOC after being an Olympic sport since 1992. It will be played in next year's Beijing Olympics, but will be absent in 2012 in London. It could, however, be reinstated by the IOC as early as 2009, which would put it back in the 2016 Olympics. IOC president Jacques Rogge has said baseball could return, but the sport needs to strengthen its anti-doping program. The IOC has also been critical of Major League Baseball, which doesn't allow players on major league rosters to play in the Olympics.
Abraham retains title
Unbeaten Arthur Abraham knocked out Khoren Gevor in the 11th round in defense of his IBF middleweight title on Saturday in Berlin. Abraham, 24-0 with 19 knockouts, punished his fellow Armenian-born German with shot after shot from the eighth round. In the 11th, Abraham's short uppercut spun Gevor's head around sharply and lifted him in the air. Gevor sagged onto his knees and after a long second, toppled onto his back, going down for the first time in his career. "He's a warrior, he showed that," Abraham said. "But anybody that wants my title has to be punished." But Gevor, the fifth-ranked challenger, gave Abraham trouble early. He pressed from the opening seconds and threw blows nonstop. The fight turned when Abraham caught him flush with a right in the seventh. In the next round, Abraham hit Gevor several times with flurries -- a dozen shots on one occasion.