Sports Wire: Morrison, free of HIV, coming back

first_imgFormer WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison is staging a comeback, saying Tuesday that a positive HIV test that ended his career more than a decade ago was inaccurate. “I’m negative and I’ve always been negative and that should be the end of it,” Morrison said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. West Virginia state athletic commissioner Steve Allred said Tuesday he approved Morrison’s participation in the fight after reviewing medical records and consulting with the Association of Boxing Commissions’ medical review committee. Allred said confidentiality laws prevent him from discussing Morrison’s medical history or the records he reviewed. West Virginia does not have mandatory blood testing for boxers. “I assure you that West Virginia is doing due diligence to make sure everyone who steps into the ring is healthy,” Allred said. Morrison (46-3) and Castle (4-2) square off in one of seven bouts scheduled at Mountaineer. Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc. is promoting Thursday’s card. He told the Press-Telegram on Tuesday that either Morrison was misdiagnosed, or the HIV virus disappeared. “We checked with a number of infectious disease specialists who say that they are finding more and more situations with people with or without treatment who had HIV, it disappeared,” Arum said. “It’s in the medical literature. In any event, there is not a trace.” Morrison took what Arum termed a $3,000 test under the supervision of the Arizona State Athletic Commission. Morrison won the WBO title in 1993 by outpointing George Foreman. He lost it later that year. Morrison, who was featured in the movie “Rocky V,” also served a couple of years in an Arkansas prison on drug and weapons charges. It was Oscar De La Hoya’s turn to take the podium, and he could hardly get a word in. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was busy yelling back at rowdy fans, posing for pictures and doing everything he could to annoy De La Hoya. It’s The Golden Boy against the Pretty Boy – and, boy, what a scene it was. “This guy has been under my skin for a while,” De La Hoya said Tuesday at the Waldorf-Astoria. It was the first stop of an 11-city promotional tour in advance of their highly anticipated super welterweight title fight on May 5 in Las Vegas. “He’s a little brat,” De La Hoya added with a smile. “I’m going to teach him a lesson.” Bears tab Babich The Chicago Bears promoted Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator, one day after the team announced it would not retain Ron Rivera. Babich, in his fourth year with the Bears, also coached with Lovie Smith in St. Louis and at the University of Tulsa. He was the Rams’ linebackers coach when Smith was defensive coordinator. At Tulsa, he coached the tight ends while Smith worked with linebackers. “It was so long ago. We were just young coaches trying to come up through the ranks,” Babich said. Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips signed a six-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. The deal keeps Phillips from becoming a restricted free agent. Phillips became a starter after Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer eight days before the season opener. Phillips had a career-high 11 sacks, contributing to the Chargers’ NFL-high of 61. He was second among NFL linebackers, behind only teammate Shawne Merriman, who led the NFL with 17. Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark was kicked out of a high school girls basketball game after making “inappropriate” comments to a referee officiating the game. Clark, a former University of Iowa football player, was asked to leave the gymnasium during a game Saturday between Twin River Valley of Bode, where he attended high school, and Southeast Webster-Grand of Burnside. Mike Jorgensen, Southeast Webster-Grand superintendent, confirmed that Clark was asked to leave, but said there wasn’t a major disturbance. “I didn’t know it happened until after the game,” he said. “It was not a real explosive thing.” Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes faces a drunken driving charge after state troopers arrested him Tuesday. Rhodes, 28, was pulled over about 3 a.m. driving a GMC truck 81 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis’ far northwest side, Indiana State Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said. “It was a normal, run-of-the-mill drunk driving arrest,” Bursten said. Tennis roundup Defending champion Tommy Haas defeated Vince Spadea 6-4, 6-1 Tuesday night in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, and Venus Williams advanced with her second win following a four-month layoff. Spadea beat Haas in the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach tournament earlier this month, but lost his serve in the opening game of the second set, one of three breaks for Haas in the set, including the final game. Both recorded six aces, but three of Haas’ came in the fourth game of the second set, and Spadea didn’t win a game the rest of the way in the 56-minute match. In the women’s Cellular South Cup, Williams continued her comeback from a sprained wrist with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. “I think this match was definitely better,” Williams said after her second win in the tournament. “I definitely had a lot of good streaks of play.” Fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat Aravane Rezai of France 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Dubai Open. Second-seeded Tommy Robredo and third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic advanced to the second round of the ABN Amro. Fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych, however, was knocked out after losing to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The 38-year-old will face John Castle in a four-round fight Thursday at Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort in West Virginia. “The rug was yanked out from under my feet by a misdiagnosis,” he said of a 1996 test that declared him HIV positive. “All I want to do is fight. … It’s unfinished business.” last_img read more

Drake Basketball Season Tickets and New Flex Tickets On Sale Now

first_imgFull season tickets for both men’s and women’s basketball for the 2017-18 season are also on sale now. Tickets start as low as $129 for men’s basketball and $80 for women’s basketball. As a special incentive, all fans that purchase season tickets by Sept. 29 will receive a limited edition collectible Paul F. Morrison bobblehead. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake Basketball has announced a new ticket option for the 2017-18 campaign. Fans can now purchase flex tickets for both Drake men’s and women’s basketball in quantities of six and 10. Both flex and season tickets went on sale Thursday, Sept. 14. The men’s basketball team, led by first year head coach Niko Medved, opens the 2017-18 slate at home on Saturday, Nov. 11 against Coe College. The women’s basketball team, the reigning 2017 Missouri Valley Conference champions, starts its season on Friday, Nov. 10 at home in the Preseason WNIT against Milwaukee. “Flex Tickets provide fans with more flexibility than ever before,” said Tom Florian, Assistant Director of Ticket Sales. “Fans can purchase flex tickets up front and then redeem them in any combination once they know what game or games they wish to attend.” Flex tickets are available in quantities of six and 10 for both men’s basketball and women’s basketball, each with price points based on seating location. The 6-Flex ticket package starts as low as $48 while the 10-Flex ticket package begins at $70. How Flex Tickets WorkFans can now purchase a 6-Flex or 10-Flex option that can be redeemed to any home game in any combination. With savings off individual game box office prices, flex tickets offer fans the flexibility of choosing the games they want, when they want. By purchasing 10 flex tickets, a fan can visit the Drake Athletics Ticket Office to redeem four flex tickets for four game tickets to one game, then stop by at a later time to redeem the remaining six flex tickets for two game tickets to three other games. Of course, the earlier a fan swaps out a flex ticket for a game ticket, the better seat they can secure. More information on Flex Tickets is available at www.DrakeTix.com/flex or by calling 515-271-DOGS (3647).Print Friendly Version To purchase season tickets and flex tickets, fans are encouraged to visit the Drake Athletics Ticket Office, call 515-271-DOGS (3647), or visit www.DrakeTix.com.last_img read more

Raiders hoping Antonio Brown takes to new surroundings

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceALAMEDA — The press conference began 25 minutes late, which will be duly noted in Pittsburgh. It seems Antonio Brown is notorious for being less than punctual when it came to obligations with the third estate.Not that there was anything nefarious at work, given that Brown arrived with his family in tow, including three small and energetic children.The newest Raider, from his stylish suit to sparkling …last_img

Lions of Ethiopia are one of a kind

first_imgA large, dark mane, extending from the head all the way down the neck and chest to the belly, is the distinguishing feature of the lions of Ethiopia. (Image: University of York) MEDIA CONTACTS • University of York  +44 190 432 0000 RELATED ARTICLES • Sierra Leone teen wows world • Moz leads in marine conservation • Six decades to survey East Africa’s flora • Acting on Uganda’s anti-Aids progress Ray MaotaA large, dark mane, extending from the head all the way down the neck and chest to the belly, is the distinguishing feature of the lions of Ethiopia – and now it has been found that they are genetically different from other lions too.DNA evidence has found that the Addis Ababa lions are genetically unique when compared with all the lion populations of Africa and Asia. With their findings in mind, researchers from the University of York in the UK and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany have urged that this species of lion be put on the endangered list.Researchers from Leipzig Zoo in Germany and the universities of Durham and Oxford in the UK were also involved in the study. There are a number of subspecies of lion (Panthera leo), including the East African, Cape, Barbary and Asiatic, while white lions are rare. Lions are the only cats that live in permanent groups. Dwindling numbersTrophy hunting has led to a decline in the lion population worldwide. In Ethiopia, apart from a few in the wild, there are just 20 of the unique animals in Addis Ababa Zoo. They once belonged to the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, who established the zoo in 1948. The species is prized by hunters for its manes.Principal investigator Professor Michi Hofreiter, of the department of biology at the University of York, said: “To our knowledge, the males at Addis Ababa Zoo are the last existing lions to possess this distinctive mane. Both microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA data suggest the zoo lions are genetically distinct from all existing lion populations for which comparative data exist.“We therefore believe the Addis Ababa lions should be treated as a distinct conservation management unit and are urging immediate conservation actions, including a captive breeding programme, to preserve this unique lion population.” Preserving their legacyThe research team took DNA samples from 15 of the lions in Addis Ababa Zoo, eight of which were males and seven females, and compared them to lion breeds in the wild.The findings could go a long way to preventing another lion species from becoming extinct; already North African Barbary lions and South African Cape lions are extinct in the wild. Setting up a captive breeding programme to preserve the lions has been suggested by the researchers.Their study was recently published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research.Lead author Susann Bruche, now with Imperial College London but who conducted the research with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, said: “A great amount of genetic diversity in lions has most likely already been lost, largely due to human influences. Every effort should be made to preserve as much of the lion’s genetic heritage as possible.“We hope field surveys will identify wild relatives of the unique Addis Ababa Zoo lions in the future, but conserving the captive population is a crucial first step. Our results show that these zoo lions harbour sufficient genetic diversity to warrant a captive breeding programme.” Sightings of similar animalsBruche added that Ethiopian authorities had said that lions with a similar appearance to those at Addis Ababa Zoo still existed in the east and northeast of the country, notably in the Babille Elephant Sanctuary near Harar and southwards to Hararghe. These regions, she said, should be prioritised for field surveys.Hofreiter said: “A key question is which wild population did the zoo lions originate from and whether this wild population still exists; this would obviously make it a priority for conservation.“What is clear is that these lions did not originate in the zoo, but come from somewhere in the wild – but not from any of the populations for which comparative data is available.”last_img read more

Khan died of injuries on chest, abdomen

first_imgDairy farmer Pehlu Khan, who was beaten up by a mob of cow vigilantes at Behror in Alwar district last week, died of serious injuries on his chest and lower abdomen, the autopsy report has revealed in its preliminary findings.The 55-year-old farmer from Nuh in Haryana sustained internal injuries on his lungs, while his ribs were broken and blood clots were found near his heart, stated the post-mortem report prepared by a four-member team of doctors and medical jurists. “It appears prima facie that Pehlu Khan died of internal injuries and heavy bleeding. The medical team has asked for viscera analysis for submitting its final report,” Alwar superintendent of police Rahul Prakash told The Hindu on Friday.The three accused — Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Yadav and Kalu Ram Yadav — who were arrested on Wednesday on the basis of video footage of the incident, were produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Behror on the expiry of their one-day police remand. The court sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.Hunt on for 10 moreMr. Prakash said the police had identified 10 more accused persons in the case after establishing their presence on the spot from the video footage circulated on social media. Their names have been added to the FIR registered initially against six suspects on charge of murder and other offences. Three special teams of police officers were searching for the accused, who had fled their homes, and were conducting raids at their suspected hideouts, said the Superintendent of Police.Civil rights groups have sought immediate intervention of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to stop the “lawlessness and free run” given to cow vigilantes allegedly with the support of many people in high places.Asking whether the law and order machinery had been handed over by the police to the cow protection vigilante groups, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties said if this was not stopped, lawlessness would prevail on the streets and the State’s economic foundation would be attacked.Demands of activistsIn a memorandum submitted to Ms. Raje, PUCL State president Kavita Srivastava and other activists demanded immediate arrest of all attackers, suspension of Behror Station House Officer and resignation of Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria for “openly glorifying and lauding the criminals”.last_img read more