UFC president White rips writer about story
UFC president Dana White angrily blasted a mixed martial arts journalist in a profanity-laced video blog posted to YouTube, attacking her and a story about the league’s backstage policies for managers and agents.
In his video rant, part of a regular Ultimate Fighting Championship blog, White also used a gay slur. The video was removed from the league’s YouTube channel after its release, then re-posted by others on the video sharing site. A UFC spokeswoman did not return messages from The Associated Press.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said in its blog that the group had spoken with White, who apologized for using the gay slur.
Loretta Hunt, who writes for the Web site Sherdog.com., wrote in a story published Wednesday that Zuffa LLC, the Las Vegas-based parent company of UFC, was telling managers and agents that they no longer could be backstage with fighters at events. The story, which cited anonymous managers and agents, said some managers thought the league’s move was part of a larger attempt to wedge them out of business and deal directly with fighters.
Hunt told the AP on Thursday that she had not spoken to White since the video was released. She said she stands by her story.
Also: Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, will put his titles on the line against England’s David Haye on June 20. The fight looks certain to be in Germany, where Klitschko is based.
South Africa’s Zolani Marali (20-2) won a unanimous decision against Mexico’s Gamaliel Diaz (23-9-2) to take the vacant IBO super featherweight title in Johannesburg.
Lincicome leads by one in LPGA Tour major
Brittany Lincicome fired a 6-under-par 66 to take the first-round lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, Calif., the LPGA Tour’s first major of the year.
Ji Young, Angela Stanford and Brittany Lang were tied for second at 67. Michelle Wie shot a 71 and defending champion Lorena Ochoa a 73.
Also: The first round of the Houston Open in Humble, Texas, was suspended because of high wind with only half the 144-player field on the course. The round will resume today.
Lee Westwood shot a 4-under 32 on the front nine to take a two-shot lead before play was stopped.
Ross McGowan of England equaled his lowest European Tour score, shooting a first-round 7-under 64 to lead the Estoril Open in Cascais, Portugal, by two shots over Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland.
ECHL’s RoadRunners will fold after season
The Phoenix RoadRunners will fold after their ECHL regular-season finale Saturday.
The RoadRunners, wrapping up their fourth season, are owned by the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and are an affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
Also: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier will have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist today and miss the last five games of the season.
Colorado Avalanche leading scorer Ryan Smyth will miss the rest of the season with a fracture in his right hand.
Davis Cup fines Sweden for actions against Israel
The Swedish tennis federation was fined $25,000 and the city of Malmo banned from hosting Davis Cup matches for five years because of a decision to play Israel behind closed doors, the Davis Cup Committee announced.
Sweden hosted Israel last month in the first round of the Davis Cup, losing 3-2. The best-of-5 series was played behind closed doors because city officials said they couldn’t guarantee security at the venue.
Also: The Basketball Hall of Fame’s Hoop Hall Experience, a 17,000-square-foot exhibit that combines historic memorabilia, state-of-the-art interactive displays and theater presentations, will open a limited run at noon today on the mezzanine level of Planet Hollywood.
Beginning Saturday, the hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Ticket prices are $24.50 for nonresident adults, $21.50 for resident adults and $17.50 for children ages 4 to 12.
Former Portland Trail Blazers star Maurice Lucas has undergone surgery for bladder cancer. Lucas, 57, is an assistant coach for Portland.
New Mexico’s Tony Danridge won the college slam dunk contest and Miami’s Jack McClinton captured the 3-point contest at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich.
Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety will be in a brace for two weeks but is not expected to need surgery after injuring ligaments in his right knee at the U.S. Alpine Skiing Championships last weekend.
Sven-Goran Eriksson was fired as Mexico’s soccer coach, a day after a 3-1 loss to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.
The UNLV men’s tennis team was swept in doubles and lost to Utah 4-3 at Salt Lake City. The Rebels fell to 12-9 overall and 1-2 in the Mountain West Conference.