declared the megafight between
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
dead yesterday, though efforts to find a compromise to a dispute over blood testing continued.
"It's over," Arum said. "O-V-E-R."
Arum had set a Thursday deadline for an agreement on testing, the only issue not resolved for the planned March 13 fight. But with the Mayweather camp still insisting on using the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to conduct the tests, Arum said there wasn't much left to discuss.
"They're viewed by the Pacquiao side as being partisan," Arum said, referring to USADA. "He doesn't want to use them. I don't want to use them."
Arum said he planned to move forward by having Pacquiao fight March 13 against Paul Malignaggi, a flashy but light-hitting 140-pounder. He said there was still a chance Pacquiao and Mayweather could meet later in the year.
GYMNASTICS: Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is back in the gym as she considers returning to competition and making a run at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Her father, Doug Johnson, told the Des Moines Register that no decision on the Olympics had been made. Doug Johnson said Shawn wants to get back in shape.
Johnson won the gold medal on the balance beam during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
JURISPRUDENCE: Jury questionnaires in last year's O.J. Simpson robbery-kidnapping trial are subject to public disclosure and should not have been kept from the media by the judge, the Nevada Supreme Court said.
In a 6-0 ruling yesterday, the court sided with open-records arguments by the Associated Press and Stephens Media L.L.C., owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Simpson's trial ended in October 2008, and the former football star was sentenced later that year to nine to 33 years in prison after he and codefendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart were convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery in a hotel room confrontation with two sports-memorabilia dealers. Stewart was sentenced to 71/2 to 27 years.
Simpson, 62, and Stewart, 55, are appealing their convictions and sentences.
NOTEWORTHY: Lester Rodney, 98, the sports editor and columnist for the American Communist Party newspaper the Daily Worker who crusaded to end segregation in major-league baseball in the 1930s, died Sunday of age-related causes at his home in a retirement community in Walnut Creek, Calif., said his daughter, Amy Rodney.
Beginning in the decade before Jackie Robinson suited up with the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, Rodney began pressing for the desegregation of baseball via columns and stories in the Daily Worker's sports pages.
- Inquirer wire reports