By Bryan Jeon
Calzaghe Outpunches Hopkins To Stay Undefeated
Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KO) connected with 232 punches, the most ever against Bernard Hopkins (48-5-1, 32 KO) in his 21 fights tracked by CompuBox statistics, to win a split decision Saturday night in Las Vegas. After B-Hop exclaimed that he “would never lose to a white boy” in one of their face-to-face meetings leading up to the fight, he staggered Calzaghe in the first round in what would be the only knockdown of the fight. Calzaghe’s relentless barrage of goofy-looking punches was all the difference against the noticeably slow 43-year-old, and I’m surprised Hopkins can even be considered to win the fight despite some crisper punches. The 36-year-old British southpaw would arguably be the top pound-for-pound boxer if Floyd Mayweather were to lose to Oscar De La Hoya in their rematch later this year.
Ochoa Wins Fourth Straight; Tiger Out At Least Four Weeks
Folks, we have an undisputed number one women’s golfer by the name of Lorena Ochoa. Ochoa won her fourth event in as many weeks after taking the Ginn Open by three strokes. Only three other golfers in women’s history have accomplished this feat, the last being future Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam in 2001.
Meanwhile, the men’s number one golfer Tiger Woods is out for four to six weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, his second operation in five years on the same knee. Will this be the 32-year-old’s kryptonite? Good thing golfers are never hurried to take a shot. Woods hopes to return in time for the second major of the year, the U.S. Open.
Danica Makes History With First Win In 50 Tries
And of course, who won’t acknowledge Danica Patrick‘s first career win and more importantly, thefirst win by a women in IndyCar history? It was the 26-year-old’s 50th career race at the Indy Japan 300 Sunday, and the winner finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves. Being a female, Patrick proceeded to cry during her emotional win.
Woman Wins Marathon By Two Seconds
Dire Tune beat Alevtina Biktimirova by two seconds in the Boston Marathon on Monday in the closest finish in the history of the women’s race. Can you imagine running 26.2 miles and being just two seconds away from someone? That’s mind-blowing to me. With the win, the 22-year-old Tune, who finished in 2:25:25, earned $150,000, the biggest in major marathon history.
On the men’s side, Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya won his fourth marathon, tied for second all-time, with a time of 2:07:46. Only Clarence DeMar of the U.S. has more Boston Marathon wins, earning his 7th in 1930.
NHL Playoffs (thru 4/22)
(1) Detroit beat (8) Nashville in series, 4-2
(2) San Jose beat (7) Calgary, 4-3
(6) Colorado beat (3) Minnesota, 4-2
(5) Dallas beat (4) Anaheim, 4-2
(1) Detroit vs. (6) Colorado
(2) San Jose vs. (5) Dallas
(1) Montreal beat (8) Boston, 4-3
(2) Pittsburgh beat (7) Ottawa, 4-0
(6) Philadelphia beat (3) Washington, 4-3
(5) NY Rangers beat (4) New Jersey, 4-1
(1) Montreal vs. (6) Philadelphia
(2) Pittsburgh vs. (5) NY Rangers
A Look Ahead: NFL Draft
It’s here, boys. The 2008 NFL draft starts on Sat., April 26 at 12p PT on ESPN, where the day will be spent on the first two rounds. Rounds 3 through 7 will take place on Sunday at 7a PT. The Miami Dolphins, who finished 1-15 last year, took out all of the drama of the first overall pick by signing Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long on Tuesday to a 5-year, $57.75 million contract with $30 million guaranteed. Long becomes the highest-paid lineman in the NFL after being an All-American selection and Big Ten lineman of the year in his last two seasons.