Tebow wins second Maxwell
Tim Tebow won the Maxwell Award for the second year on Thursday, edging Texas’ Colt McCoy and Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell for the honor given to college football’s best all-round player. The Florida star joined Notre Dame quarterback Johnny Lattner as the only two-time winners of the Maxwell Award. Lattner won in 1952-53. Tebow, who will lead Florida against Sam Bradford’s Oklahoma in the national championship game next month, won the Heisman Trophy last year and, today in New York, could become the second player to win it twice. The versatile Tebow threw 28 touchdown passes and only two interceptions.
Adamek captures title
Poland’s Tomasz Adamek captured the International Boxing Federation cruiserweight title on Thursday, taking a split decision to dethrone American Steve Cunningham. Adamek won by 115-112 and 116-110 in the eyes of two judges while the third scored Cunnignham a 114-112 winner even though Adamek knocked down the US fighter three times in the title bout. Adamek, a former World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion, improved to 36-1 with his fifth victory in a row while Cunningham — who was sent to the canvas in the second, fourth and eighth round — fell to 21-2.
Volvo begins third stage
The eight competitors in the Volvo Race around the world leave the southwestern Indian port of Kochi today headed for Singapore in a grueling third stage taking the race through to Christmas. Leaders Ericsson 4, skippered by Brazilian Torben Grael, will be bidding to extend their advantage after setting out from Willingdon Island, the modern port area which serves Kochi. After negotiating the southern tip of India and passing Sri Lanka the crews, negotiating northeastern winds, will speed towards the Malacca Strait, then close in on Singapore following the obligatory passage north of Sumatra.
Four world records broken
Four world records were broken at the European short-course championships on Thursday, with the Italian men’s relay team setting two on its way to winning gold in the 4x50m medley final. Mirco Di Tora, Alessandro Terrin, Marco Belotti and Filippo Magnini finished in 1 minute, 32.91 seconds, 0.85 seconds faster than the world record set by the Russian team earlier in the day. In Thursday’s first heat, the Italians broke the 2006 world record of 1:34.06 set by Germany in Helsinki, Finland. The Russians broke that mark in the following heat. The Russian and German teams tied for second in the final, finishing in 1:33.31. Amaury Leveaux of France set a record in the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle. He finished in 20.48, beating the mark of 20.64 set by Roland Schoeman of South Africa on Sept. 6 in Germiston, South Africa.
Agbeko keeps title
Ghana’s Joseph Agbeko kept his International Boxing Federation bantamweight crown on Thursday with a majority decision over Nicaraguan southpaw William Gonzalez. The African fighter improved to 26-1 with his fifth triumph in a row, taking the decision on two judges’ scorecards by 116-112 while the third judge scored the bout a 114-114 draw. Gonzalez fell to 21-3, ending his five-fight win streak. Agbeko’s victory was the first defense of the title he won in September last year when he stopped Luis Alberto Perez in the seventh round.