Ricky Hatton won the IBF light welterweight title yesterday when defending champion Kostya Tszyu quit after the 11th round in Manchester, England.
The unbeaten Hatton, of Britain, who also holds the lightly regarded WBU title, appeared to be ahead on points when Tszyu staggered back to his corner at the end of the 11th and then signaled he couldn't carry on.
Hatton won his 39th straight bout, fighting in front of a sellout crowd of 22,000 in his home town.
Hatton battled the champion toe-to-toe and, although Tszyu appeared to be gaining control after the seventh round, but Hatton came back strongly to take control.
The 35-year-old Tszyu has 31 victories and two losses.
* PRO FOOTBALL: Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper was arrested yesterday for allegedly hitting his wife. Deputies were called to the couple's home in Carmel, north of Indianapolis, in the morning, Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Carter said. Harper's wife, Danielle, was treated for an eye injury but wasn't taken to a hospital, Carter said.
Harper, 30, was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and was being held at the Hamilton County Jail in Noblesville on $2,500 bond. Because of the nature of the charges, he cannot bond out of jail until after his initial court appearance tomorrow.
* RUNNING: Asmae Leghzaoui, the 28-year-old Moroccan runner in her first season of road racing after serving a two-year suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, won the Freihofer's Run For Women 5K in Albany, N.Y. Leghzaoui, whose status as an invited athlete caused four high-profile runners to drop out of the event and prompted race organizers to bring in a team of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency drug testers, finished in 15 minutes 17.6 seconds, setting a course record. In seven starts this spring, she has six victories and five course records.
* BOXING: Michael Evans was arrested on felony drug charges, less than two weeks after he won his second national Golden Gloves title. The 27-year-old boxer, considered the United States' top amateur boxer at 132 pounds, was arrested Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio after police said he was involved in a crack cocaine purchase set up by an informant. He was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence, according to the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Web site. According to police reports, an informant said Evans was taking crack cocaine orders by phone.
* COLLEGE BASEBALL: Ohio State's Eric Fryer singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Virginia, 2-1, eliminating the Cavaliers from the NCAA Corvallis (Ore.) Regional. Dan DeLucia threw a complete-game four-hitter for the Buckeyes, outdueling Virginia starter Jeff Kamrath, who also went the distance, allowing seven hits and striking out six.
The Cavaliers (41-19), making their second straight NCAA appearance, went 0-2 in the double-elimination regional.
* ROWING: Defending champion Harvard rallied in the final 300 meters to beat Princeton and capture the 103rd Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J.
-- From News Services