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Hopkins, 46, is oldest world champion

May 22, 2011

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Boxing
Bernard Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a major world championship, taking the WBC light heavyweight title from Jean Pascal at the age of 46 last night at Montreal. Hopkins (52-5-2) is the oldest fighter to take a major world belt since George Foreman took the heavyweight title with a victory over Michael Moorer in 1994. “I won’t retire until I’m 50,’’ Hopkins said. He won the WBC, IBO and The Ring magazine titles from the 28-year-old Pascal (26-2-1), the Montreal fighter who was making his fifth title defense. In the co-feature, Chad Dawson scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Montreal’s Adrian Diaconu in a light heavyweight elimination bout. Hopkins will next fight Dawson (30-1) . . . Denis Lebedev (22-1) knocked out Roy Jones Jr. (54-8) in the 10th and final round of their non-title cruiserweight fight in Moscow, handing the American his third straight defeat. Jones, 42, once the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter, bowed and shook his head before taking one last right hook from the 31-year-old Russian and falling deadweight to the canvas . . . Nathan Cleverly defended his WBO light heavyweight title in London by stopping Aleksy Kuziemski in the fourth round.

Baseball
Carter has four small brain tumors Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter said doctors discovered four “very small’’ brain tumors after he had an MRI Friday in Florida. Carter, 57, said in a release issued by the Mets and the Hall of Fame that he will be examined again Thursday at Duke Medical Center. He also asked for privacy as his family learns more about his condition. The 11-time All-Star hit .262 with 324 homers and 1,225 RBIs in 19 seasons in the majors, 17 with the Expos and Mets.

Marlins put Johnson on disabled list Marlins ace Josh Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Although Johnson is tied for the major league lead with a 1.64 ERA, the back of his shoulder has bothered him all season. Righthander Jay Buente was called up from Triple A New Orleans and will start for Johnson today against Tampa Bay . . . The Orioles reinstated Alfredo Simon from the restricted list before today’s deadline. Simon was charged with involuntary manslaughter in his native Dominican Republic.

Colleges
Merrimack women bow out in finals Christina Berardi of Raynham fired a one-hitter with five strikeouts and Kendall Bright hit a home run to lead C.W. Post (41-14) to the Division 2 East Regional softball title and a berth in the nationals with a 1-0 win over Merrimack (31-23) in Brookville, N.Y. . . . Katy Dissinger scored four goals and Carolyn Gorajek added three as the Bowdoin women’s lacrosse team (18-3) stunned previously unbeaten College of New Jersey (20-1), 11-9, in the Division 3 national semifinals in Garden City, N.Y. The Polar Bears advance to the national title game today against Gettysburg, a 13-11 winner over Cortland State . . . Todd Baxter and Cameron Flint each scored three goals as Denver (15-2) upset nine-time NCAA men’s lacrosse champion Johns Hopkins, 14-9, in Hempstead, N.Y., to reach the national semifinals for the first time. The Pioneers will play Virginia (11-5) in Baltimore next weekend. Virginia advanced as Chris Bocklet scored three goals and Steele Stanwick added three goals and four assists in a 13-9 win over Cornell.

Tennis
Wozniacki rallies to win Brussels Open Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki overcame a thigh injury to beat China’s Peng Shuai, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, and win the inaugural Brussels Open. It was Wozniacki’s fourth tournament victory this year, a welcome boost ahead of the French Open . . . Andrea Petkovic won her second career title after Marion Bartoli retired with a left leg injury while trailing, 6-4, 1-0, in the final of the Strasbourg (France) International . . . Nicolas Almagro rallied past Victor Hanescu, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3, in the Open de Nice (France) final.

Miscellany
Webber edges Vettel for pole position Mark Webber edged Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona as Red Bull swept its fifth straight pole position this season . . . Tony Schumacher earned the No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel at the NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kansas . . . Betty Heidler of Germany set a world record in the hammer throw (79.42 meters) at a meet in Halle, Germany. Heidler improved the 13-month-old mark of Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk by 1.12 meters . . . Igor Anton won the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Monte Zoncolan, while Alberto Contador was second to extend his overall lead.