June 26, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Injured Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he may eventually need surgery on a broken right foot that bothered him during the team’s run to the Super Bowl last year. Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he could have opted for surgery following the season but decided to let it heal after talking to doctors. Roethlisberger aggravated the injury during a game against Buffalo last November, though he did not miss a snap. He played the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs with a special cleat fitted with two metal plates.

Won Boxer Marlen Esparza won her sixth straight title at the USA Boxing national championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., outpointing Tyrieshia Douglas 27-16 for the flyweight crown. Esparza, Douglas and the two other fighters who reached the 112-pound quarterfinals qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team trials to be held next year. At stake will be the chance to compete for the United States in the 2012 London Games, where women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut.

Felix Sturm retained his WBA middleweight title with a contentious split-decision win over Irish challenger Matthew Macklin in Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Two judges awarded it 116-112 in favor of the defending champion fighting in his hometown, while the other scored 115-113 to Macklin after a thrilling fight.

Traded The Calgary Flames dealt veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr to the Buffalo Sabres after he waived his no-trade clause, clearing space under the salary cap for the Flames to re-sign left wing Alex Tanguay to a five-year, $17.5 million contract. Regehr has spent his entire 12-year NHL career with the Flames, serving as an alternate captain who doesn’t do much offensively but brings plenty of grit to the blue line.

Elected New Jersey Nets basketball team owner Mikhail Prokhorov was confirmed as the new head of a Kremlin-friendly political party. The 46-year-old billionaire was all but unanimously elected head of the Right Cause party by its members. Right Cause is seen as a Kremlin creation designed to lure opposition-minded, pro-business voters, while building an illusion of competition with the ruling United Russia party ahead of December’s parliamentary elections.


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