Chavez Junior takes crown
Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez Junior dethroned Germany’s Sebastian Zbik by majority decision to seize the World Boxing Council middleweight title on Saturday in a showdown of unbeaten fighters. Chavez Junior improved to 43-0 with one drawn on judges scores of 115-113 and 116-112, while the third judge scored the bout a 114-114 draw. Chavez secured his first world title in Los Angeles, the same city where his father, a three-division world champion set to be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame next week, captured his first world title back in 1984. Zbik, in his first pro fight outside Europe, fell to 30-1. He had not fought since last July, when he took a unanimous decision over Argentina’s Jorge Sebastian Heiland in Hamburg, Germany.
Barbarians beat Wales
Fiji fullback Isa Nacewa grabbed a last-gasp try to earn the Barbarians a 31-28 victory over Wales at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, ruining Gavin Henson’s return to the Welsh side after a 27-month absence. Nacewa struck from long range in the final minute to lift the invitation side to a second straight win, after beating England 38-32 with a late try last weekend. The Baa-baas led 19-14 at halftime after tries by Nacewa, Joe Tekori and Sergio Parisse, but Mike Phillips and Aled Brew went over for converted scores to give the Welsh a 28-19 cushion.
Rooney admits transplant
Wayne Rooney is set to become an unlikely role model after he admitted having had a hair transplant. The Manchester United soccer player gave the news to his 740,000 Twitter followers on Saturday: “I was going bald at 25 why not. I’m delighted with the result. It’s still a bit bruised and swollen when it dies down u will be first to see it. Anyone recommend any good hair gel. Haha. I had it done in Harley street hair clinic London. Thanks to all the staff who looked after me.” Rooney’s secret was revealed on Saturday when a photographer spotted the striker emerging from the Harley Street Hair Clinic, which provides “follicular unit extraction.” The procedure, carried out over several eight-hour sessions, involves taking thousands of hair follicles from the back of the head and “planting” them in a bald area.
Jockey lawsuit used in ad
An Australian jockey who sued a slimming company in Brisbane because its product was too effective has become the subject of a nationwide advertising campaign. Brazilian-born Wanderson D’Avila is seeking A$12,500 (US$13,400) from the makers of SensaSlim Solution, saying the product suppressed his appetite, but caused him to be suspended for a month after weighing in 0.8kg under his allocated weight for a February race. In a newspaper ad campaign launched yesterday, Sensalim says “thankyou for suing us. The claims made by Wanderson D’Avila about SensaSlim working too well are ... absolutely true.”
Toulouse win French title
Four-time European champions Toulouse won their 18th French title when they beat surprise package Montpellier 15-10 in the Top 14 final on Saturday. Montpellier went ahead at the Stade de France thanks to Fijian winger Tamoci Nagusa’s try in the 27th minute. Toulouse flyhalf David Skrela failed to find his range and was replaced by Nicolas Bezy in the second half. Bezy then helped kick his side to victory.