Gatti family hires TV host
The family of Arturo Gatti has hired a prominent US pathologist to oversee a second autopsy in the death of the former boxing champion. Saturday’s autopsy was to be assisted by Michael Baden, the host of the HBO cable TV show Autopsy. Baden is also the chief forensic pathologist for New York State Police and was an expert witness in the O.J. Simpson, Kobe Bryant and Phil Spector trials. Gatti’s family has rejected a conclusion by Brazilian authorities that he committed suicide at a resort in the northeastern part of the country on July 11. A Quebec coroner agreed to exhume Gatti’s body at their request. The Canadian government has also formally asked Brazilian authorities for more information about Gatti’s death.
Alexander wins title
Devon Alexander won the WBC’s vacant light welterweight title when former champion Junior Witter quit before the ninth round of their bout on Saturday, citing a hand injury. Alexander, a 22-year-old American, remained unbeaten with a solid performance against the unorthodox Witter, who didn’t appear to take much serious punishment beyond a cut over his right eye. The English fighter’s corner declined to send him out for the ninth, handing the victory to Alexander at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort, just outside Palm Springs, Florida. After the fight, Witter said he couldn’t continue because of extreme pain in his hand, which recently healed from a hairline break. Witter’s decision baffled fans who expected a full fight from the 35-year-old, who had lost just once since June 2000. His arms resting on the ropes, Witter shrugged at fans shouting “Witter the quitter!” from the stands.
Parker to miss Italy game
Tony Parker of France has a mild right ankle sprain and the San Antonio Spurs guard will begin his rehabilitation in the US before returning to Europe, the Spurs said on Saturday. Parker injured the ankle while playing for France against Austria on July 23. He was examined by the Spurs’ medical staff on Saturday. Parker is expected to rejoin the French national team next week but will not be available for France’s Euroleague Championship qualifying round game with Italy on Wednesday, the Spurs said on their Web site.
Mason changes mind
Veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason reversed his decision to retire and turned up at the Baltimore Ravens’ training camp on Saturday. “It was a tough decision, but I think it was a good decision for me to come back,” Mason, who had announced his retirement on July 13, told the Ravens’ Web site. “I still have an intense fire inside me, and I want to play,” the 12-year veteran added. “My family and I wanted to finish it out the right way. I felt like I had left something undone.” Mason, 35, has caught 790 passes for 10,061 yards and 52 touchdowns.
Stewart loses pole position
Tony Stewart lost his pole position and will start from the back of the pack after wrecking his car during practice for the Pennsylvania 500 on Saturday. Stewart lost control of his No. 14 Chevrolet on a turn on the second lap of Saturday’s first practice and spun into the wall. He was unhurt. His Stewart-Haas Racing crew quickly got to work on the backup. Stewart leads in points and was the pole sitter at Pocono because rain washed out Friday’s qualifying.
APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan expressed ‘sincere regret’ for publishing the image on its in-house magazine and Web site A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Games logo as the novel coronavirus has been pulled from online after Olympic organizers branded it “insensitive” and said that it infringed copyright. The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo Games logo. It appeared on the cover of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan’s magazine. The Tokyo Games have been postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and halted sport worldwide. Club president Khaldon Azhari yesterday said that the club had decided to withdraw the image and remove
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