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Gatti’s wife proclaims innocence

Thu., July 16, 2009

Boxing: Arturo Gatti’s wife, accused of strangling the champion boxer with her purse strap, proclaims her innocence and love for her dead husband in a letter given to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

While declining to be interviewed from her jail cell in the northeastern Brazil city of Recife, Amanda Rodrigues did hand over a letter written on white, lined paper.

“This is a pain that has become inexplicable and intolerable, this loss and this malicious accusation,” Rodrigues wrote. “I lost my husband!”

Rodrigues, 23, told investigators she awoke on Saturday about 6 a.m. to find her husband’s body in the apartment they rented in Porto de Galinhas, a seaside resort in Pernambuco state. She then called police.

But investigators said she was the only suspect and they are certain she killed Gatti in the apartment where they and their 10-month-old son arrived for a second honeymoon last week.

“I’m innocent and I know that this will be proven in a few days,” Rodrigues wrote.

But those who knew Gatti and Rodrigues in the U.S. and Canada have said their relationship was rocky at best.

PCL All-Stars fall one run short

Baseball: Erik Kratz and Drew Stubbs each hit two-run home runs, leading the International League to a 6-5 victory over the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game in Portland.

Kratz, who was named the game’s MVP and plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ affiliate Indianapolis, hit a two-run shot in the sixth to put the IL up 6-3.

•Yates has surgery: Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Tyler Yates has undergone right elbow surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Peppers, Panthers can’t agree on deal

NFL: The deadline for the Carolina Panthers to strike a long-term deal with franchise defensive end Julius Peppers passed without an agreement.

Peppers will now play under a one-year contract worth at least $16.7 million, creating the prospect for another off-season of uncertainty next year.

Storm’s Jackson injured in loss

WNBA: Katie Smith scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:01 left, to lift the Detroit Shock to a 66-63 win over the host Seattle Storm.

Seattle lost All-Star center Lauren Jackson for the final 151/2 minutes after she hobbled off at 3:28 of the third quarter with a strained left calf. Jackson finished with 11 points.

•Fever drub Sky: Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 22 points and the Indiana Fever defeated the Chicago Sky 84-74 in Indianapolis for their 10th straight win.

Phelps top winner at ESPY Awards

Miscellany: Michael Phelps won a leading five ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, ending the five-year reign of Tiger Woods.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist also collected trophies for record-breaking performance, championship performance, and male Olympian while sharing the best moment award as part of the victorious 400-meter freestyle swimming relay at the Beijing Games.

Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin won female athlete of the year.

•No evidence in complaint against Pitino: A complaint filed with a police sex-offense unit by a woman accused of trying to extort Louisville coach Rick Pitino won’t be prosecuted because it lacks supporting evidence, a Kentucky prosecutor said.

Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel said he was taking no action on the complaint Karen Cunagin Sypher filed last week.

•Ten left at poker tourney: Ten players are left at the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas, competing for one of nine spots at poker’s richest final table.

Seven-time gold bracelet winner Phil Ivey busted 35-year-old Jamie Robbins in 11th place. They will play until one more is eliminated to determine the final table.

Logger Darvin Moon leads with 45 million chips.

•Pistorius fails to qualify: Oscar Pistorius ran a personal best for the season in the 400 meters, yet fell short of a chance to qualify for the world championships.

The 22-year-old double-amputee sprinter clocked 47.07 seconds in finishing runner-up in his heat at Lucerne, Switzerland. He has one more chance to achieve the 45.95 he needs to earn a place on the South Africa team at the world championships in Berlin.

•Mosley won’t seek re-election: Scandal-plagued Max Mosley will not seek re-election as FIA president and will back Frenchman Jean Todt to succeed him as head of world motorsport.


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