Press Box


December 09, 2009

BOXING: A former employee of Miguel Cotto filed a sexual harassment lawsuit seeking more than $500,000 from Puerto Rico's most popular boxer. The lawsuit by Martha Chacon Acevedo argues that Cotto made unwanted romantic advances when she worked as an administrator of a residential property owned by the fighter. It says Chacon, a Venezuelan, gave in to Cotto's advances over two months out of fear of losing her job, and was fired in October 2008 after breaking off the relationship. ... Promoters are going to Dallas to meet with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about hosting the March 13 megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Promoters Bob Arum and Richard Schaeffer planned to tour the new Dallas Cowboy stadium Wednesday along with HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg.

SOCCER: Real Madrid, AC Milan and Bayern Munich clinched places in the next round of the Champions League. The trio, European champions a total of 20 times, advanced alongside CSKA Moscow after their final group matches. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to help nine-time European champion Madrid win 3-1 at Marseille and take Group C from Milan, which needed a penalty by Ronaldinho for a 1-1 draw at FC Zurich. ... Jay DeMerit made a successful return to professional soccer this week after a three-month injury layoff. The U.S. defender, who had surgery to replace a cornea in his right eye on Oct. 17, took the field Monday for Watford in England. ... Japan's government has endorsed the nation's bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, vowing to cooperate in bringing the showcase tournament to the country.

TENNIS: CoCo Vandeweghe, the niece of New Jersey Nets GM and coach Kiki Vandeweghe, and Ryan Harrison have earned spots in the main draw of the 2010 Australian Open. Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Harrison, of Bradenton, Fla., won U.S. Tennis Association wild-card playoffs in Atlanta. Vandeweghe, who turned 18 Sunday, beat Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 7-6 (2), 0-6, 6-3. The 17-year-old Harrison defeated Jesse Levine of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 and will make his Grand Slam singles main draw debut in January.

ALSO: Former Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress wants to get a break from prison, but prosecutors said Tuesday they will likely try to block his bid for work release because he hasn't served enough time. ... Peter Gammons is leaving ESPN after 20 years to become an analyst for MLB Network. ... Elimination of endurance events in track cycling and the addition of mixed doubles in tennis are up for consideration by the International Olympic Committee.

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