In Brief


BOXING

Injured Wladimir Klitschko withdraws from title fight

Wladimir Klitschko withdrew from his WBO and IBF heavyweight title defense against unbeaten British challenger Dereck Chisora because of a torn muscle in his back.

Klitschko's 19th title defense had been scheduled for Saturday in Mannheim, Germany, but he pulled out Wednesday with an injury described by his boxing adviser in the United States as not being particularly serious.

"Wladimir has withdrawn from the fight, that is correct. He has torn a muscle in his back," Shelley Finkel said. "It is not too serious, though. He should be able to fight again within 60 days."

Talks are now expected between the fighters' representatives over rescheduling the fight.

HOCKEY

Wranglers' big first period powers easy win over Reign

The Wranglers scored three times in the first seven minutes, rolling past the Ontario Reign 7-3 in an ECHL game in Ontario, Calif.

Jamie Bates and Matt Price notched power-play goals within the first three minutes, and Dan Bertram scored at the 6:34 mark to make the score 3-0.

Tyler Mosienko had two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner late in the second period. He scored again late in the third to make the score 6-3, and Geoff Paukovich capped the Wranglers' outburst by scoring with 26 seconds left.

Also: Sidney Crosby scored twice during his fourth multiple-goal game in his last six, and the host Pittsburgh Penguins won their 11th game in a row by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2.

The Penguins, 12-0-1 since last losing in regulation Nov. 10, are on the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. Their only longer run was their NHL-record 17-game streak during a 119-point season in 1993.

Jere Lehtinen officially retired from the NHL, ending a 14-season career spent entirely with the Dallas Stars. The 37-year-old Lehtinen, who hadn't played this year, had taken an extended time before deciding that he had played his final game.

MISCELLANEOUS

Sampras has dozens of trophies stolen from L.A. storage facility

Tennis star Pete Sampras said most of his trophies and other memorabilia were stolen from a West Los Angeles public storage facility.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Sampras still has 13 of his 14 grand slam trophies.

But thieves took most of the hardware from his 64 tour title wins, two Davis Cups, an Olympic ring and six trophies for finishing world No. 1 in the year-end rankings from 1993 to 1998.

The theft happened three weeks ago. Sampras said he's getting the word out in hopes somebody offers a lead.

Sampras retired in 2003 and said the loss is most upsetting because he would have liked to have shown the trophies to his children.

He said the loss "is like having the history of my tennis life taken away."

Also: A jury in Santa Ana, Calif., convicted a man of killing mixed martial arts promoter Charles "Mask" Lewis Jr. in a drunken-driving car crash.

Orange County prosecutors said jurors found Jeffrey Kirby, 53, guilty of one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated in the March 2009 wreck.

Kirby could face up to 13 years in prison. He is set to be sentenced Feb. 4.

Lewis was a pioneer in mixed martial arts, which combines wrestling, martial arts and boxing. He and friends sold T-shirts at local gyms and events before founding the clothing line TapouT in 1997.

 

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