December 23, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services


Proposed Mayweather, Pacquiao fight in jeopardy

The proposed mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was thrown into jeopardy Tuesday when Mayweather's camp demanded that both fighters be subjected to Olympic-type drug testing in the weeks leading up to the bout. Mayweather's manager said the fight would not go on if Pacquiao didn't agree to blood testing under standards followed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Mayweather's camp claims it was told Pacquiao would not agree to have his blood tested within 30 days of the fight because of personal superstitions. But Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, said he could live with some testing, as long as it wasn't too close to the fight and wasn't overly intrusive. Roach said he hoped the issue wasn't brought up as a way to get Mayweather out of the fight. The fight, which promises to be the richest ever, had widely been expected to be formalized this week, with an official announcement Jan. 6. It was expected to be held at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, with the biggest live gate ever. But neither fighter has signed formal contracts and there have been disputes between representatives of the two fighters ever since Mayweather's promoter pulled out at the last minute from a trip to Texas, where Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was to make a proposal to host the bout.


Ports named NSCAA's Division III Player of the Year

York (Pa.) College senior Jon Ports (McDonogh) was named the NSCAA Division III Men's Soccer Player of the Year after leading the Spartans to a 17-1-5 record. Ports scored seven goals and added nine assists for a team-high 23 points. The three-time first-team All-American and two-time Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year finished his three-year career with 33 goals, including 12 game-winners, and 35 assists. His 101 points rank third in the program's history.

- Glenn Graham D.C. United: : Midfielder/forward Chris Pontius has been called up to the U.S. Men's National Team's January training camp in Los Angeles, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced . Pontius will join the U.S. team on Jan. 4 and will remain in camp until the team's friendly against Honduras at the Home Depot Center on Jan. 23. This is the first-ever call-up for United's 22-year-old.

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Johns Hopkins running back Kase earns All-America honor

Johns Hopkins senior running Andrew Kase, who led the Blue Jays to a 10-3 record, the Centennial Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals, has been named a third-team All-American. Johns Hopkins finished No. 8 in the final AFCA Poll and 11th in the final poll.

College basketball: : UMES junior Kevin White was named the school's Athlete of the Week. White, a guard, scored a career-high 16 points in an 87-46 loss to Wright State on Saturday in Dayton, Ohio.

Memorabilia: : Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards announced that it will unveil a new gallery today titled "Treasures From Our Attic." The exhibit will contain never-before-displayed artifacts from some of the top sports moments and athletes in Maryland history. Items on display will include: Dorothy Hamill's skates and dress from her 1976 Olympic gold medal triumph; Jim McKay's Emmy Award for his coverage of the 1972 Olympic tragedy in Munich; U.S. & Cuban flags from the game in 1999 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards between the Orioles and the Cuban national team; Len Bias' University of Maryland men's basketball warm-up jacket from 1985 (the year he earned his first ACC Player of the Year honor); a silver tea set Johnny Unitas received for winning the 1959 NFL championship with the Baltimore Colts; Carmelo Anthony's NCAA basketball national championship ring (with Syracuse in 2003); and Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long's 2006 Sullivan Award.

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