Tyson to enter Hall of Fame
Mike Tyson, whose legendary tale of punishing power and meteoric rise ended in an epic fall from grace, will be among the legends inducted today into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Tyson, three weeks shy of his 45th birthday, became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history in 1986 at age 20 and finished with a record of 50-6 with 44 knockouts, personifying at times the best and worst of the sport. “I am honored,” Tyson said. “The sport of boxing has given me so much and it is truly a blessing to be acknowledged alongside other boxing legends because they paved the way for me, as I hope I have inspired others.”
Former 3,000m champ dies
The Italian athletics federation said that former 3,000m European indoor champion Cosimo Caliandro has died in a road accident. He was 29. The federation said Caliandro was driving his motorcycle in his hometown of Francavilla Fontana in southern Italy when he collided with a car. Caliandro captured his European title in Birmingham, England, in 2007. A minute of silence was observed before the start of Friday’s Primo Nebiolo meeting in Turin in memory of Caliandro. Caliandro leaves his wife Graziella and two sons, Damiano and Cristian.
US rider banned for life
Philip Zajicek has been banned for life after admitting to multiple doping violations in a case stemming from an investigation into EPO and human-growth hormone trafficking from China for nearly 200 athletes. The US Anti-Doping Agency said on Friday that Zajicek admitted to a second doping offense for purchasing EPO, a third doping offense for providing false testimony at an arbitration hearing and for encouraging other witnesses to provide false testimony. About a dozen athletes around the world have been penalized in this case, including American riders Jonathan Chodroff and Duane Dickey.
Stoner has best time
Australia’s Casey Stoner dominated practice for today’s British Grand Prix as the Honda rider looks to capitalize on his win in Barcelona last weekend. Stoner recorded the fastest lap in both sessions with a best time of 2 minutes, 3.748 seconds in the morning, just 0.2 seconds off the circuit record held by world champion Jorge Lorenzo. It was the perfect start for the Australian who will be taking part in his 150th career race today. “I’m pretty happy with how the day has gone after mixed conditions, we’ve seen a dry track, a wet track and then a 50/50 track so it’s been interesting to have these variants throughout the day, but in general the bike has worked well,” Stoner said.
Teams talk move to LA
Billionaire Philip Anschutz is ready to purchase an NFL club and relocate the team to his proposed downtown Los Angeles stadium, one of his top executives told the Orange County Register. In a Friday report on the newspaper’s Web site, AEG president Tim Leiweke said Anschutz has spoken with officials from the Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers about buying a majority interest and moving the club. “We’re not packing any [moving] vans right now,” Leiweke said, even though the most recent contact was only one week ago. Leiweke said AEG is willing to pay whatever is needed for an existing team to escape its current stadium lease and move to Los Angeles.