BoxingA private probe into the 2009 death of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti will disprove the official conclusion that it was a suicide, Gatti’s former manager Pat Lynch said yesterday. Gatti, a popular junior welterweight champion who retired in 2007 with a career record of 40-9, was found in July 2009 at an apartment in the Brazilian seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas. Brazilian police initially considered Gatti’s wife, Amanda Rodrigues, a prime suspect and arrested her for his murder but released her a few weeks later. They eventually concluded after an autopsy that Gatti hanged himself. Lynch said he hired Paul Ciolino, a private investigator from Chicago. Ciolino said he believes Gatti’s death was not a suicide and called the Brazilian investigation “inadequate and downright incompetent.’’ . . . Forty-six-year-old light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins will defend his World Boxing Council title Oct. 15 in Los Angeles, against 29-year-old Chad Dawson. Dawson is 30-1, with his lone loss coming to Jean Pascal last year. Hopkins beat Pascal in May to become the oldest fighter to win a major world championship.
MediaMcCarthy leaving NESN anchor post Jade McCarthy is leaving NESN after less than two years at the regional sports network. The “NESN Daily’’ anchor will return to Philadelphia, where she previously worked before coming to Boston in September 2009. McCarthy, a Newton native, is seven months pregnant and the network has recently been interviewing candidates to replace her in anticipation of her maternity leave. But according to industry sources, her husband recently got a job in Philadelphia and they decided to move before the birth of their child. It’s uncertain who will replace her permanently, though Randy Scott, who hosts “NESN Daily’’ on weekends, is expected to do so for the immediate future. — CHAD FINN
BaseballIndians’ Sizemore may be done for year The Indians won’t have injured center fielder Grady Sizemore back until at least September, and there are no guarantees he’ll return this season. Manager Manny Acta said Sizemore, sidelined since July 18 with a bruised right knee, will definitely not be back this month. A three-time All-Star, Sizemore played only 33 games last season before microfracture surgery on his left knee . . . Nationals righthander Stephen Strasburg will make his second rehab start Friday night for Single A Potomac . . . Sam Conte stroked a two-run single and recorded the game’s final out, and Michael Reilly hurled 4 2/3 innings for the win to power Andover National to a 5-3 victory over Yarmouth, Maine in the Little League Eastern Regional Tournament in Bristol, Conn. Andover (2-1) will play unbeaten Goffstown, N.H. (3-0) today.
GolfReturning Joy Connelly captures Keyes Tara Joy Connelly, the reigning Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts player of the year, made her 2011 competitive debut a winning one, capturing the Keyes Cup by three strokes after shooting a final-round 73 at Oakley Country Club. Connelly, who had missed the first part of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, had a two-round total of 151 to beat Kristen Macdonald (77) and first-day leader Claire Sheldon (78) . . . Megan Khang won the WGAM Junior Championship at South Shore CC in Hingham, shooting a final-round 77 to edge defending champion Isabel Southard (76) by two shots. Heeamin Lee (silver flight), Erin Bugbee (junior junior flight), and Gabrielle Shieh (mite flight) also earned victories . . . Nick McLaughlin had his second straight even-par 72 at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill, building a two-shot lead after two rounds of the Massachusetts Junior Amateur. McLaughlin, the 2009 winner, leads Ben Balter (72) and Zach Schuster (72) . . . Lydia Ko of New Zealand shared medalist honors at the US Women’s Amateur, shooting a second-day 66 at Rhode Island Country Club to tie Jihee Kim (70). Brittany Altomare of Shrewsbury had 75 to finish 36 holes at 9 over par, two strokes from a playoff for the 64th and final spot in match play.
MiscellanyYao might enter Hall as contributor Retired Houston Rockets center Yao Ming could enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as early as next year - not as a player, but as a contributor to the game . . . Tina Charles scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double to tie the WNBA record, helping the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky, 69-58, in Uncasville, Conn. . . . Sancho Lyttle hit a 13-footer with less than a second remaining to give the visiting Atlanta Dream a 72-70 comeback win over the Washington Mystics . . . Tamika Catchings scored 21 points as the host Indiana Fever rolled to a 81-68 win over San Antonio . . . Cappie Pondexter scored 19 points to lift the New York Liberty over the visiting Seattle Storm, 58-56 . . . Diana Taurasi scored 26 points to help the host Phoenix Mercury snap the Minnesota Lynx’s franchise-best nine-game winning streak, 85-80 . . . Tina Penicheiro scored 23 points and added seven rebounds to lead the host Los Angeles Sparks over the Tulsa Shock, 71-66 . . . Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is shutting down incoming freshman Quinn Cook until at least mid-September to allow his injured knee to heal further . . . Two-time defending champion Andy Murray is heading home early from the Rogers Cup. Murray was upset, 6-3, 6-1, by Kevin Anderson in the second round of the tennis tournament in Montreal.
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