TORONTO — Angelo Dundee, the brilliant motivator who worked the corner for Muhammad Ali in his greatest fights and willed Sugar Ray Leonard to victory in his biggest bout, died Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. He was 90.
The genial Dundee was best known for being in Ali's corner for almost his entire career, but those in boxing also knew him as an ambassador for boxing and a figure of integrity in a sport that often lacked it.
He died with his family surrounding him, said son, Jimmy Dundee, but not before being able to attend Ali's 70th birthday bash in Louisville, Ky., last month.
Dundee was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994 after a career that spanned six decades, training 15 world champions, including Leonard, George Foreman, Carmen Basilio and Jose Napoles.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he will fight Miguel Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas. He made the announcement after getting a conditional one-fight license and a lecture from Nevada athletic commissioners, who told the fighter, his manager-promoter and his lawyer they want a prefight report May 1 to ensure Mayweather abides by conditions set by a Nevada judge in a criminal domestic violence case that will have him begin serving 90 days in jail June 1.
In Havana, three-time Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Teofilo Stevenson said he's recovering well after spending two weeks in hospital for an arterial clot. Stevenson, 59, said he was hospitalized Jan. 13 after doctors detected a clot in an artery near his heart. He spent 15 days in intensive care before being released last week.
Blue Jays fill set-up role: Reliever Francisco Cordero, 36, and the Toronto Blue Jays finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract. A right-hander, Cordero was 5-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 37 saves in 43 chances for Cincinnati last season, reaching 30 saves for the seventh time. He held batters to a .198 average, the lowest of his career.
Cordero, a three-time All-Star, has a 44-45 record with a 3.17 ERA and 327 saves, 12th on the career list. He is expected to fill the set-up role for closer Sergio Santos, acquired in December from the Chicago White Sox.
Carlos Guillen, 36, is returning to Seattle after agreeing to a minor league contract with the Mariners. He spent the past eight seasons in Detroit where he was a three-time All-Star and hit .308 in his career with the Tigers playing five positions: left field, third base, shortstop, second base and first base. Guillen started his career with the Mariners in 1998.
Buddle brings more star power to L.A.: American Edson Buddle returned to the Los Angeles Galaxy after a year in the German second division, adding yet another scoring talent to the reigning MLS champions' star-studded roster.
Buddle, 30, re-signed with the Galaxy a day after his contract was terminated by Ingolstadt.
Nebraska gets NCAA probation: The NCAA put Nebraska on two years' probation and endorsed the school's self-imposed fine of $38,000 as part of an impermissible benefits case involving textbooks and school supplies.
The NCAA spared Nebraska a stiffer punishment for what the Division I Committee on Infractions determined to be major violations across multiple sports over multiple years.
Wozniacki fires coach: Former top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki fired coach Ricardo Sanchez of Spain after just two months. Wozniacki's father Piotr told the Ekstra Bladet his daughter didn't get "new impulses" from working with Sanchez.