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MUNICH (AP) — British heavyweight Dereck Chisora was released after nearly seven hours of questioning by police Sunday following his loss in a title bout to Vitali Klitschko and brawl with former WBA champion David Haye at a post-fight news conference.
A black van carried the boxer and his coach, Don Charles, from police headquarters. Police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht told The Associated Press that Chisora could still face charges of causing grievous bodily harm.
Chisora and Charles were detained at Munich airport. Schlicht said police were still looking for Haye, who wasn’t at his hotel.
The Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that Haye went straight to the airport after the brawl Saturday night and took a flight at dawn.
In the mayhem after the bout, Chisora was heard vowing to shoot Haye.
“I swear to God, David, I am going to shoot you. I am going to shoot you. I am going to physically shoot David Haye,” Chisora was heard yelling as he claimed that Haye hit him with a glass.
Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren, called the brawl “ugly, horrible and disgraceful” but said it was not his boxer who threw the first punch.
“It was an embarrassment for British boxing,” Warren told Sky Sports News. “I would say they were total idiots.”
Chisora and Haye came to blows after Chisora’s defeat by unanimous decision to Klitschko in their WBC title fight.
Chisora taunted Haye about losing the WBA belt to Klitschko’s younger brother, Wladimir, last July, leading to a heated exchange before Chisora knocked a bottle out of Haye’s hand and they came to blows.
Haye also fought with members of Chisora’s entourage, and his coach, Adam Booth, was bleeding from a cut on his head.
Camera equipment went flying and reporters fled before security managed to separate the men and police arrived.
“You’ve really lost it this time,” Chisora told Haye.
The 40-year-old Klitschko beat Chisora in a bruising bout in which the Ukrainian claimed to have fought from the fourth round with only his right fist after injuring his left shoulder. Klitschko was examined in a Munich hospital Sunday and later reported a partially torn ligament in his left shoulder.
“I think we all heard excuses about a broken toe,” Chisora said before the brawl, referring to Haye’s claim after his defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in Germany last July.
Chisora found little support from the sellout crowd of 12,500 after slapping Vitali Klitschko’s face at the weigh-in Friday. The ill feelings continued when he spat water in Wladimir‘s face as his brother’s record was being called out before their bout.
“I wanted to knock him out, to be honest,” Vitali Klitschko said. “Such a cheek.”
Wladimir acted as a buffer as Chisora persisted in goading them.
Vitali was clearly incensed, but it took some time before he could assert control in the ring against the Briton’s aggressive approach. His greater reach and experience made the difference. The judges scored the bout 118-110, 118-110 and 119-111.
Chisora said he wanted a rematch, or a bout with Wladimir, who is now holder of the IBF and the minor WBO and IBO belts. The younger Klitschko is to fight next against Jean-Marc Mormeck of France on March 3 in Duesseldorf, Germany.
But the British fighter was not optimistic about a rematch.
“He won’t fight me again. I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t fight me either,” he said.
Klitschko improved his record to 44-2 (40 KOs) after what was perhaps the toughest bout he’s had since losing by technical knockout to Lennox Lewis in 2003.
The Zimbabwe-born Chisora dropped to 15-3 (9 KOs) after his third defeat in his last four fights, but he had the fans in Munich’s Olympiahalle worried as Klitschko appeared to tire from his relentless attacks. Sensing an upset, they chanted the Ukrainian’s name in the seventh round before Klitschko reasserted his dominance with precise blows.
Chisora was bleeding from the lip after the first round, but seemed more than capable of taking Klitschko’s multiple punches.
Klitschko eventually took control in the ninth round, catching Chisora with a huge right and seemingly picking his punches at will. Chisora was barely hanging on in the 10th.
“He tried it all, but apart from a few grazes I didn’t get anything more,” Klitschko said.
Chisora gave it everything he had in the 12th and final round as he sought a knockout. But Klitschko, knowing the work was already done, used his greater experience to safely see out the round and maintain the brothers’ dominance of the heavyweight division.
“I wanted to give him what he deserves,” Klitschko said. “It didn’t work out. Life is an interesting thing. Life is long. Who knows? Maybe we’ll meet some other day.”
Update: ESPN Fires Employee Behind Offensive Lin Headline, Suspends Anchor for Saying the Same Thing
ESPN has fired the employee responsible for using a racial slur in its headline about New York Knicks basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, the network said Sunday.
The headline “Chink in the Armor” appeared briefly on ESPN’s mobile website after the Knicks lost to the New Orleans Hornets Friday night.
“The ESPN employee responsible for our Mobile headline has been dismissed,” ESPN said in a statement.
Additionally, the network announced anchor Max Bretos has received a 30-day suspension for using the same phrase in reference to Lin while on the air Wednesday night.
Bretos apologized for his word choice via Twitter Saturday: “Wanted 2 apologize 2 all those I have upset. Not done with any racial reference. Despite intention,phrase was inappropriate in this context.”
“My wife is Asian, would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community,” he said in a follow-up post.
In still a third incident, ESPN said it became aware of a “similar reference” to Lin made Friday during ESPN Radio New York. The person who made the comment was not an ESPN employee, the network said.
No other details about the incidents were provided except that they were “separate and different.”
“We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin,” the network said. “His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.”
ESPN has apologized for using a racial slur in the headline for a story about Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin.
The headline “Chink in the Armor” appeared on ESPN’s mobile website after New York lost to the New Orleans Hornets Friday night, the Associated Press reported.
Lin, a Harvard graduate, is the first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent and has become something of a sensation in recent weeks, inspiring the term “Linsanity,” and is Tim Tebow-like in the sense that he’s very outspoken about his faith.
Sports Grid captured a screenshot of the offensive headline:
In a statement issued Saturday, ESPN called the offensive headline a “mistake” and said they were conducting a review to ensure a similar incident does not happen again:
Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.
According to Sports Grid, the headline was subsequently changed to read “All Good Things…”
New York sports network MSG generated controversy during a Knicks game Wednesday after it aired a fan‘s sign showing Lin’s face above a fortune cookie with the message “The Knicks Good Fortune.”
It took three men, a suit made of lights and a snowboard to make this haunting footage of the snow-covered French Alps at night.
Watch as this snowboarder seems to float down the mountain with the only light source being an LED-covered suit:
The idea was brain-child of Jacob Sutton, who is a fashion photographer and filmmaker. Jacob Spatcher created the light-covered suit and Willian Huges performed all the moves on the mountains in the dark and in freezing temps. Nowness.com has more from Sutton:
“I was really drawn to the idea of a lone character made of light surfing through darkness,” says Sutton of his costume choice. “I’ve always been excited by unusual ways of lighting things, so it seemed like an exciting idea to make the subject of the film the only light source.”
Huge described the experience as the “most surreal thing I’ve done in 20 years of snowboarding.”
Gunner Kiel was supposed to go to LSU, but chose Notre Dame at the last minute. Gunner is from Indiana.
LSU coach Les Miles went off on Gunner Kiel last week, essentially saying he was an inferior QB and LSU was settling on him as a recruit because they needed two QBs.
We all know Les Miles is full of crap, and is just puffing his chest, but the NCAA must punish him. The NCAA can not have a standard of sportsmanship for student athletes, and allow one of their coaches to behave in such a manner.
I know my hair looks messed up. It was a last minute video right after the gym.