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Wed., Sept. 14, 2011

Filed Legal wrangling over the estate of deceased boxer Arturo Gatti – and an ongoing argument over how he died – is continuing with a new lawsuit filed in New Jersey on behalf of his 5-year-old daughter. Attorney Anthony Pope filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Middlesex County against Gatti’s wife, Amanda Rodrigues Gatti, who is not the child’s mother. Rodrigues was married to Gatti at the time of his death, which occurred on a trip to her native Brazil in July 2009. The suit seeks damages and restraints on Gatti’s New Jersey assets and claims that Rodrigues “did violently bludgeon and asphyxiate the decedent resulting in his death,” according to court papers. Rodrigues was initially detained as a prime suspect after her husband’s death, which was ruled a suicide.

Died Aviator and auto racing pioneer Betty Skelton Erde, once called the fastest woman on Earth, has died. She was 85. Erde set female speed records at Daytona Beach and Utah’s Bonneville salt flats half a century ago. In 2008, she was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

Suspended Fresno State defensive back Terrance Dennis was suspended for one game by the Western Athletic Conference for committing a flagrant personal foul last week against Nebraska.

Sidelined North Carolina fullback Devon Ramsay had surgery on his left knee to reconstruct the ACL and repair the MCL and will miss the rest of the season.

• Southern California guard Jio Fontan is expected to miss the upcoming season after having surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

Sentenced Florida forward Cody Larson settled a criminal trespass charge stemming from his arrest in April, but he still could face jail time. Larson must perform 200 hours of community service and pay restitution and fees. It’s possible that Larson will have to serve jail time in South Dakota for violating terms of his probation for a previous incident.

• Former ESPN commentator Jay Mariotti pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to charges that he stalked and assaulted his ex-girlfriend. He was immediately sentenced to five years of probation and 90 days of community service.


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