Johnny Tapia dead at 45
Five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia has died at his house in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal reported on Sunday, citing a family source. According to the newspaper, Albuquerque police were called to Tapia’s house on Sunday evening by a family member who found a body there. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs told the Journal that the death did not appear suspicious. Tapia, 45, was known for his battles with cross-town rival Danny Romero, Paulie Ayala and Marco Antonio Barrera. He earned world titles in the super flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight divisions in a professional career that began in 1988. Tapia, whose battles with addiction led to several brushes with the law, amassed a record of 59 wins, five losses and two draws with 30 knockouts. Tapia’s last fight was an eight-round unanimous decision over Mauricio Pastrana in Albuquerque in June last year.
Franchitti wins Indy 500
Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 for the third time on Sunday after Takuma Sato crashed on the final lap. The Japanese driver went for the lead going into the first turn, pulling even with Franchitti. However, he went in too low, and the crash sent him into the outside wall. Sato’s car barely missed Franchitti, who coasted across the line under a yellow caution flag to become the 10th driver to win at least three Indy 500s. Franchitti’s teammate, Scott Dixon, finished second. Tony Kanaan, who had the lead off the last restart with six laps to go, settled for third on a blistering day.
Two die in Ireland crash
Police say two people have been killed and seven injured after a race car went out of control on a rural Irish road and crashed into a crowd of about 30 spectators. Sunday’s accident highlighted the regular dangers posed to drivers and viewers alike by Ireland’s annual high-speed contests on hedge-lined, narrow country roads. Organizers of the Cavan Stages Rally involving about 100 souped-up cars in the border county of Cavan canceled the event following the accident.
Orioles sign Adam Jones
The Baltimore Orioles signed All-Star outfielder Adam Jones to a six-year contract that runs through the 2018 season, the American League team said on Sunday. Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but Major League Baseball’s Web site reported the deal was worth US$85.5 million, making Jones the second-highest paid center field in the MLB behind the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp. The contract, the richest ever for a Baltimore player, includes a no-trade provision and could be worth US$91.5 million with incentives, mlb.com said. Jones, 26, is batting .309 with 14 home runs and 31 runs batted in for 47 games this season, his seventh in the Major Leagues.
Britain wins three golds
Britain justified its status as the rowing powerhouse heading into the London Olympics by winning three golds on its way to a table-topping haul of five medals at the World Cup regatta in Switzerland on Sunday. China also placed first in three finals on the Rotsee course in Lucerne, which attracted the world’s top crews two months before the Olympic regatta begins on Dorney Lake outside London. The men’s four and the women’s pair and double sculls all won for Britain.
Fan killed in shooting
Two people were being treated on Sunday for bullet wounds after a shooting that claimed the life of a 21-year-old member of a gang of Argentine soccer hooligans. The shooting occurred on Saturday in Buenos Aires outside the stadium where a first-division match between Lanus and All Boys was about to start. Officials identified the dead man as Daniel Sosa, who was shot in the chest as three motorcycles passed by and gunmen opened fire, police said. Violence has intensified in Argentina, with at least five dying this year in soccer-related violence, according to non-profit group Let’s Save Football. Juan Moretti, director of the hospital, said neither of the other two men hit during the shooting had suffered life-threatening injuries. Moretti also said that two other people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after the attack, but fled before being treated. He said they got away “amid the confusion.” The incident is the latest of the unrelenting violence that haunts the game in Argentina. “It’s sad what’s happening with football in Argentina,” Lanus coach Gabriel Schurrer told reporters. “If one really wanted to get rid of the violence, it could be done. English football was more violent and they did it. If England and other countries can get rid of it, I don’t understand why it can’t be done here.”