July 13, 2009 in Sports

Sports in brief: Brazil officials accuse wife of killing Gatti

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Boxing: Brazilian authorities detained the wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti and formally accused her Sunday of killing him at a posh seaside tourist resort in Sao Paulo.

Police said Amanda Rodrigues, 23, was taken into custody after contradictions in her interrogation and presented a formal accusation against her. Prosecutors will later decide whether she will be charged.

Rodrigues, who denies any involvement in her husband’s death, was the first to find the slain boxer’s body early Saturday inside the vacation apartment they were renting at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil, police said.

The former junior welterweight champion was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found at the scene with blood stains, said Milena Saraiva, a spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police. She told the Associated Press that the Canadian also sustained a head injury.

Police said Rodrigues, a Brazilian, could not explain how she spent nearly 10 hours inside the residence without noticing that Gatti was already dead.

Rodrigues told police she had a fight with Gatti after dinner Friday night and he pushed her to the ground during the altercation, causing her to suffer minor injuries to her elbow and chin. She told authorities Gatti was drunk and that a third party likely committed the crime after he went to the apartment by himself.

Witnesses had reported to police that the couple fought and that Gatti was drunk.

Ram wins first ATP title

Tennis: Rajeev Ram beat third-seeded Sam Querrey, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3, in the Hall of Fame Tennis championships in Newport, R.I., for his first ATP title.

Ram, 25, won the first all-American final on Newport’s grass courts in seven years. It was his first ATP final.

Szavay wins in Budapest: Agnes Szavay of Hungary won the Budapest Grand Prix, rallying to beat Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

It was Szavay’s third WTA Tour singles title.

WSOP field dwindling

Miscellany: One-quarter of the remaining field at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas – 102 players – busted out of the tournament two hours into their fifth session on Sunday, when 407 players started with an average of just under 479,000 in chips.

With everyone left already guaranteed at least $27,469 in the no-limit Texas Hold ’em tournament, players hoped to avoid missteps that could cost them thousands and a shot at the top prize of $8.55 million. The buy-in was $10,000.

Tournament officials expected roughly 175 players to remain in the tournament to start the day today, though they were adjusting the tournament to avoid extremely long sessions and with a goal of reaching the final nine by Wednesday or early Thursday.

U.S. beats Japan: Gerrit Cole struck out nine in seven innings to lead the United States to a 3-0 win over Japan in Matsuyama, Japan, in the opener of the U.S.-Japan collegiate championships.

Cole, who attends UCLA, allowed only two hits and one walk. Vanderbilt’s Sonny Gray and Chad Bettis of Texas Tech finished the shutout.

Game 2 of the five-game series will be played today at the Tokyo Dome.


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