Federal agents raided the offices of boxing promoter Don King yesterday as part of an investigation into whether the International Boxing Federation sold rankings and arranged fights for kickbacks.
FBI agents entered the offices of Don King Productions in West Palm Beach, Fla., with empty boxes. A boxing industry source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press they were looking for records involving the IBF, Don King Productions and Monarch Productions, a company run by King's son, Carl.
A federal grand jury in Newark has been investigating the IBF for several months--even before the disputed draw in March between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, which prompted New York law enforcement agencies to start their own investigations of the IBF. The FBI would not confirm the raid at King's office was linked to the IBF investigation.
"The only thing I can tell you is we are serving search warrants on his offices as part of an ongoing investigation," FBI spokesman Mike Faregas said.
King spokesman Greg Fritz did not return a call for comment.
Pan American Games
Next month's Junior Pan American Games track and field championships may be canceled because of Miami-Dade County's recent decision to deny financial support if the event involves athletes from Cuba. The controversy also threatens to derail South Florida's bid to host the 2007 Pan American Games.
"Dade County has effectively ruined any chances of hosting a major international sporting event," said Robin Beamon, executive director of USA Track and Field Florida Association, which is organizing the junior meet.
Cuba has until June 25 to decide whether to compete in the Junior Pan Ams, scheduled for July 9-11 at Florida International University. Beamon said the event already has lost the services of police, fire rescue, communications and hotel-to-facility transportation. FIU also wants out of its commitment to provide a venue and housing, she said.
The International Amateur Athletic Federation, track and field's world governing body, is expected to decide next week whether to cancel the event.
IOC Member Dies
Louis Guirandou-N'Diaye, an International Olympic Committee member who was implicated in the gift-giving scandal stemming from Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics, died yesterday at age 76.
The IOC member from the Ivory Coast, Guirandou-N'Diaye received a warning from the IOC for allegedly accepting a $5,000 check from the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Guirandou-N'Diaye denied wrongdoing. Six members were expelled in the scandal, four others resigned and nine, including Guirandou-N'Diaye, were warned. Guirandou-N'Diaye was a an IOC member since 1969.
CART will require tethers on the rear wheels of its Champ cars before the July 25 U.S. 500 at Michigan Speedway. The announcement was made yesterday at the Milwaukee Mile, where practice began for Sunday's Miller Lite 225.
The tethers are attached to the chassis, keeping the wheel and broken suspensions from flying off during a heavy crash. . . .
The condition of Steve Fried, the chief mechanic for driver Robby McGehee who was critically injured in a crash at Sunday's Indianapolis 500, has been upgraded to fair, according to hospital officials.
Hoyas' New Home
Georgetown University's baseball team has reached a 20-year agreement with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to play its home games at Shirley Povich Field at Cabin John Regional Park in Potomac. The Hoyas are set to lose their field as a result of the university's expansion.
Oliver Bierhoff snapped his 384-minute scoreless streak with three goals in host Germany's 6-1 rout of Moldova in a qualifier for next year's European Championship. In the only other game, Poland beat Bulgaria, 2-0, in Warsaw. . . .
In an effort to identify prospective national team players playing outside U.S. Soccer's ODP programs, the Maryland Mania and boys U-14 national team coach Juan Carlos Michia will conduct an open tryout Sunday at 1 p.m. prior to the Mania's game at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville. Interested players must call Sean Phillips, 410-715-4625, ext. 13.
Wizards on Location
Washington Wizards guard Chris Whitney and center Jahidi White will sign autographs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Hoop Dreams 3-on-3 tournament on Third Street on the National Mall. On Monday, Whitney will play host to Magic Mystic Monday, a reception for the WNBA Mystics at the Shark Club and Pacific Grille, 4195 St. Elmo Ave., in Bethesda. Whitney and White will be among several area sports figures welcoming rookie Chamique Holdsclaw and other Mystics players. Tickets are $30 and must be prepurchased by calling 301-343-2651.