Vitali Klitschko to put
title on line vs. Charr
Vitali Klitschko will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Germany’s Manuel Charr before turning his attention to Ukraine’s parliamentary elections.
Klitschko’s management group announced Monday that the 40-year-old Ukrainian will fight Charr at the SC Olimpiyski sports arena in Moscow on Sept. 8, then lead the UDAR party in his country’s elections Oct. 28.
Klitschko said he wants to continue fighting, but “I will make my decision after the election.”
Klitschko (44-2, 40 knockouts) last fought in February, defeating Dereck Chisora in Munich, where Chisora brawled with fellow Briton David Haye at the post-fight news conference. Charr, born in Beirut, is 21-0 with 11 knockouts.
Klitschko’s younger brother, Wladimir, defends his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against American challenger Tony Thompson in Berne, Switzerland, on Saturday.
Cavendish wins stage;
Cancellara still leads Tour
Mark Cavendish led a tight sprint to the finish in Tournai, Belgium, to win the second stage of the Tour de France, while Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey after the mostly flat 129-mile ride.
The top overall standings didn’t change as defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia and fellow title contender Bradley Wiggins of Britain trailed close behind in the pack.
Cavendish collected his 21st Tour stage victory and proved he remains the rider to beat in Tour sprints. He also won three stages in the Giro d’Italia and two in the Tour of Oman this year.
Paterno’s family irked
by email leaks in probe
Joe Paterno’s family has called on Pennsylvania’s attorney general and former FBI Director Louis Freeh to release all emails and records related to their investigations into the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal, saying a leaker or leakers have used selective emails to “smear” the late coach and university officials.
Family lawyer Wick Sollers’ statement followed news reports of leaked emails between administrators about graduate assistant Mike McQueary’s 2001 account of an encounter between former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and a boy in the showers.
CNN reported that one email outlined a change in plans among administrators after athletic director Tim Curley spoke to Paterno.
Sollers represents the family of former coach Paterno, who was fired in November and died of cancer less than three months later. Freeh is leading the school’s internal investigation into the scandal.
Also: Martin Brodeur will remain the face of the New Jersey Devils, signing a two-year, $9 million contract to stay with the only NHL club he’s ever known.
The 40-year-old goaltender has led the Devils to three Stanley Cups, and the team reached the finals again this year, losing to Los Angeles in six games.
NASCAR penalized Austin Dillon because his car failed inspection following his Nationwide Series win at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, dropping him out of the points lead.
Dillon was docked six points, going from two points up on Elliott Sadler in the Nationwide standings to four points down.
Samantha Fischer doubled in two runs, Michelle Moultrie reached on a bunt but made it all the way home on a throwing error, and the United States beat Australia 3-0 in Oklahoma City to win its sixth straight World Cup of Softball title.