Sampras trophies stolen
Pete Sampras has had most of his trophies and other memorabilia stolen from a storage facility, he said. The Los Angeles Times reported that the thieves made off with most of his trophies from his 64 tour wins, two Davis Cups, an Olympic ring and six trophies for his world No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998. However, Sampras still has all but one of his Grand Slam trophies. “I have 13 of my 14 Grand Slam trophies. My first Australian Open trophy  is gone, and so is everything else,” the now-retired Sampras told the newspaper. Sampras, 39, said his trophies were stored in a warehouse in Los Angeles. “Losing this stuff is like having the history of my tennis life taken away,” he said.
Klitschko pulls out of bout
Vladimir Klitschko has pulled out of his heavyweight world title defense against British challenger Dereck Chisora citing an injury. The Ukrainian, 39, holder of three world heavyweight crowns, announced on his Web site yesterday that he had injured a stomach muscle in training the day before and would be unable to box in Mannheim, Germany, tomorrow. It was the first time Klitschko, who holds the WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles, had been forced to miss a title bout through injury. Chisora, 26, has won all his 14 bouts and was hoping to become Britain’s second world titleholder after David Haye, who holds the WBA belt.
Windies tour cut short
West Indies have decided to cut short their current tour of Sri Lanka because of adverse weather conditions prevailing in the country. The first one-day international of a five-match series was scheduled to start yesterday at Sri Lanka’s new international venue Hambantota but bad weather prevented both teams from having a single net session. Both cricket boards have agreed to postpone the one-day series and reschedule it for late next month with three matches instead of the present five. A Sri Lanka Cricket release stated that “the decision was taken with the mutual understanding of both cricket boards and our television partners.” Bad weather affected the three-match Test series which ended at Pallakele, Kandy on Sunday with the series shared 0-0. The third Test saw only 103.3 overs bowled in the entire match. More rains are forecast for the next two weeks in the island nation.
Chicago clubs sign sluggers
Major League Baseball’s Chicago clubs agreed to deals with top sluggers on Wednesday, the White Sox keeping Paul Konerko in a three-year deal while the Cubs landed free agent first baseman Carlos Pena. The deals came during meetings in Florida among club executives and produced a one-year Cubs deal worth US$10 million for Pena while Konerko will make US$37.5 million in a deal to stay with the White Sox through 2013. Konerko, 34, was fifth in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award this season after batting .312 with 39 home runs and driving in 111 runs. Konerko, a first baseman, helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series after arriving from Cincinnati eight years earlier and has career totals with the White Sox of 358 homers and 1,127 runs batted in. Pena, who played the past four years with Tampa Bay, helped the Rays reach their first World Series in 2008. Pena, 32, will be able to become a free agent again next year. This year, Pena hit only .196 with 28 homers and batted in 84 runs after better numbers each of his prior seasons.