Scott LeDoux dies at 62
Scott LeDoux, a former heavyweight contender who took on Larry Holmes, George Foreman and Ken Norton and twice fought for the title, has died. He was 62. He died on Thursday at his home in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids after a nearly three-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, longtime friend and attorney Bob Dolan said on Friday. Nicknamed “The Fighting Frenchman,” LeDoux was the son of a miner in the northern Minnesota town of Crosby who went on to fight professionally from 1974 to 1983. He had a record of 33-13-4, with 22 knockouts. He earned a draw with Norton and Leon Spinks and lost a title fight to Holmes by technical knockout in 1980 at the Met Center, the arena that was once home to the Minnesota North Stars. He fought Muhammad Ali in a five-round exhibition. LeDoux developed a reputation as a fun-loving fighter, who once accidentally knocked off Howard Cosell’s toupee while the sportscaster was doing a ringside interview with Johnny Boudreaux after a bout LeDoux believed he should have won. He entered the political arena after leaving boxing. He was an Anoka County commissioner until resigning a year ago because of declining health. His wife was elected to fill his seat.
Fiji beat Tonga 27-12
France-based center Seremaia Bai kicked 12 points and tackled doggedly as Fiji beat Tonga 27-12 in a Rugby World Cup warmup match yesterday. Fiji scored three first-half tries to lead 21-5 at halftime, but Tonga pressured the home side throughout the second half. Bai’s goalkicking and rigid midfield defense was critical as Tonga fullback Viliame Iongi scored his second try of the match in a more closely fought second half. Fiji’s win avenged its 45-21 loss to Tonga during the recent Pacific Nations Cup. The teams will meet again in a final warmup match before Tonga meets New Zealand in the opening match of the World Cup in Auckland on Sept. 9.
Don Chandler dies at 76
Don Chandler, a Pro Bowl kicker who played on championship teams for the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, has died at age 76, the Packers said on Friday. Chandler, who died on Thursday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a member of the Packers’ 1965-1967 title teams. He earlier spent nine years with the Giants, helping them win the 1956 NFL championship game. “We are saddened to hear of Don’s passing,” Packers chief executive Mark Murphy said in a statement. “He was a significant contributor to the Packers’ championship teams of 1965, ‘66 and ‘67, and represented the organization with class,” Murphy said of Chandler, who was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1975. He made All-Pro for the 1967 season, his last in the NFL, and was selected the punter on the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1960s.
Bills trade Evans to Ravens
The Buffalo Bills have traded wide receiver Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2012 draft pick, the team said on Friday. Evans, 30, had been the subject of trade rumors for several days, with receiver one of the Bills’ deepest positions. The Ravens are seeking to improve their receiving corps. A first-round draft choice of the Bills in 2004, he caught 37 passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games last season after starting all 16 games for the 2007-2009 campaigns. He had 1,292 yards receiving in 2006 and 1,017 in 2008.