Campbell-Guzman bout called off due to illness

Unified world lightweight champion Nate Campbell walked away from the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Miss., still the champ and untouched when his bout with Joan Guzman was called off Saturday night in an unusual chain of events.

Guzman went to his promoters about four hours before the bout and said he wasn’t feeling well enough to fight Campbell (32-5-1). The fight was already on the ropes following Friday’s weigh-in.

Guzman (28-0) weighed in at 1381/2 pounds Friday, more than 3 pounds over the 135-pound benchmark. Guzman was given a two-hour grace period to re-weigh in, but he never returned to the scale.

Campbell’s IBF, WBA and WBO championship belts would not have been on the line if he had fought.

On the same card, Timothy Bradley (23-0) successfully defended his WBC super lightweight title by unanimous decision over Edner Cherry (24-6-2).


Iran squad forfeits game against U.S.

Iran’s wheelchair basketball team forfeited its game against the United States and withdrew from the Beijing Paralympics, avoiding a possible match against Israel.

Iranian officials said the forfeit was prompted by a change in scheduling, denying the move was politically motivated. Iran and the United States have no diplomatic relations.

The International Paralympic Committee said Iran withdrew because the team was unhappy about “the draw proposed for the crossover round and subsequent schedule.”

The winner of the U.S.-Iran match would have gone on to meet the winner of Israel-Canada. Iran does not recognize Israel and bans any official contact with the Jewish state. Canada eventually beat Israel.

Also: Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius of South Africa won his second gold medal at the Paralympic Games.

Pistorius, who runs on carbon-fiber blades, won the 200-meter dash in 21.67 seconds.

Coronado High School’s Cortney Jordan, who already has two silvers and a bronze at the Games, didn’t qualify for the women’s 50-meter butterfly final.


UNLV volleyball team captures two wins

The UNLV volleyball team (4-5) swept through two matches at the Oregon Classic, beating Baylor 25-17, 25-22, 29-27 and Eastern Washington 25-22, 25-17, 25-20 in Eugene, Ore.

Against Baylor, Jessica Walters led all hitters with 16 kills, and Melody Nua had 31 assists. Walters then had a match-high 11 kills against Eastern Washington.

Also: Jenni Shearer led the UNLV cross country at the Aztec Invitational, taking 15th among 161 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds on the 5-kilometer course.

Shearer was the lone Rebel in the top 75 as UNLV took last in the 17-team meet.

Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova gave defending champion Russia a 2-0 lead in the Fed Cup Final by winning the opening singles matches against Anabel Medina Garriques and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

Zvonareva defeated Medina Garriques 6-3, 6-4, and Kuznetsova topped Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-1 in Madrid, Spain.

The reverse singles are today, with a doubles match to be played as a tiebreaker if necessary.

Season tickets for Oklahoma City’s new NBA franchise have sold out in just five days.

Chairman Clay Bennett said the last of approximately 13,000 Thunder season tickets were sold Friday, and the team has put names on a waiting list for games at the Ford Center.

About 4,000 seats have been withheld for single-game, group and partial-season ticket sales.

Alberto Contador took the overall lead in the Spanish Vuelta by leading a Spanish sweep in the 130-mile 13th stage, which ended in Alto de L’Angliru, Spain.

Contador leads American Levi Leipheimer by 1 minute, 7 seconds in the overall standings.

Mark Cavendish of Great Britain won his third stage of the Tour of Missouri, and American rider Christian Vande Velde retained his race lead for the fourth day in St. Charles, Mo.

Asafa Powell won the 100-meter dash and Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt won the 400 at the World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, Germany.

With Olympic star Usain Bolt home in Jamaica, Powell won in 9.87 seconds, far off Bolt’s record of 9.69.

Merritt nipped Jeremy Wariner at the finish to win the 400 in 44.50, repeating a victory over his fellow American at the Beijing Olympics.

Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic set a world record in the women’s javelin with a throw of 237 feet, 2 inches.

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