Mayweather Trainer Fined $200,000 for Brawl

Friday, April 14, 2006

Roger Mayweather , the trainer and uncle of undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. , was suspended for one year and fined $200,000 for starting a brawl during his nephew's latest victory.

The only larger fine imposed by the Nevada Athletic Commission may have been the $3 million penalty given to Mike Tyson for biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 bout, Commission Executive Director Marc Ratner said in a telephone interview.

Ratner said the fine against Roger Mayweather represented the trainer's share of the purse from Saturday's fight against Zab Judah in Las Vegas.

Ratner also said that Floyd Mayweather's 12-round, unanimous-decision victory would stand and that his $5 million purse was released. He said Judah's $1 million will remain held by authorities, pending a further review of the fighter's actions around the melee at Thomas and Mack Center. . . .

The Washington Golden Gloves regional championships will take place today beginning at 8 p.m. at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center. Fifteen bouts will take place between Washington/Maryland area champions and Virginia/North Carolina area champions. The winners advance to the National Golden Gloves tournament April 23-29 in Omaha.

· COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma was hospitalized for what the university called a minor condition -- believed to be an intestinal infection -- and is expected to be released this weekend.

The school said the 52-year-old coach was at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford but would not elaborate.

· CYCLING : Lance Armstrong 's defamation trial ended after charges were withdrawn by Italian cyclist Filippo Simeoni .

Armstrong also withdrew his defamation action against Simeoni, the lawyer for the Tour de France great said. Neither Armstrong nor Simeoni was at the court in Latina, near Rome.

"The case is over after both actions have been withdrawn," lawyer Enrico Nan said.

Simeoni brought defamation charges against Armstrong following an April 2003 report in the French newspaper Le Monde. In the article, Armstrong contended that Simeoni had agreed to testify against doctor Michele Ferrari in exchange for a lesser penalty if the Italian rider were accused of doping by the sport's governing body.

Ferrari received a suspended jail sentence for a year in October 2004 for sports fraud and malpractice. Ferrari once advised Armstrong, but the seven-time Tour de France champion cut his ties with him after the doctor was convicted. . . .

American Sarah Hammer won the individual pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships, the first for an American since Marty Nothstein won the men's keirin in 1996.

Hammer beat Olga Slyusareva of Russia over 1.86 miles, winning in 3:37.227. Defending champion Katie Mactier of Australia was third.

· AUTO RACING: Arie Luyendyk Jr. , bumped from the lineup in the final minutes of qualifications a year ago, will get another chance to drive in the Indianapolis 500, a race his father won twice.

A car for the 24-year-old Indy rookie was among the final batch of entries for the May 28 race.

The complete entry list released by Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday included 66 cars and 26 drivers. Other drivers will be hired later by teams that entered spare cars to fill the 33-car starting field.

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