Benoits Argued About Son's Care
ATLANTA - In the days before pro wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and child and hanged himself, the couple argued over whether he should stay home more to take care of their mentally retarded 7-year-old son, World Wrestling Entertainment attorney Jerry McDevitt said Wednesday.
McDevitt said the WWE learned from the couple's friends and relatives that the Benoits were struggling with where to send the boy to school since he had recently finished kindergarten. He also said Benoit's wife didn't want him to quit wrestling, but she 'wanted him to be at home more to care for the kid. She'd say she can't take care of him by herself when he was on the road.' The child suffered from a rare medical condition called Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited form of mental retardation often accompanied by autism, McDevitt said.
Nancy Benoit, 43, was strangled. It now appears son Daniel was killed in a chokehold; he had internal neck injuries but no visible bruises, District Attorney Scott Ballard said.
Alinghi Gets Even In America's Cup
VALENCIA, Spain - Defending champion Alinghi sailed smart from the start Wednesday and overcame the challengers from New Zealand in the fourth race to even the best-of-nine America's Cup series at 2-2.
The Swiss yacht lost the third race at the finish line in shifting winds Tuesday. This time, Alinghi kept Emirates Team New Zealand close and dictated the race for a 30-second win.
Campbell Will Fight In Tampa
TAMPA - Jacksonville lightweight Nate Campbell (30-5-1, 24 KOs) will meet Colombia's Wilson Alcorro (35-7-3) on July 6 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The fight will be aired live on ESPN2 and promoted by One Punch Productions. Campbell is the No. 1 ranked contender for Julio Diaz's IBF title.
Venezuelan lightweight Patrick Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs) will appear on the card, along with Tampa junior welterweight Marcus Broadnax (3-1-2, 2 KOs), St. Petersburg cruiserweight Willie Chisolm (3-1, 2 KOs), St. Pete featherweight Kermit Gonzalez (5-0-1, 3 KOs) and Tarpon Springs junior middleweight Manny Cortessis, who will make his pro debut.
Tickets cost $20, $35, $75 and $100. Visit www.onepunch.net or call (813) 503-8109.
Storm's Dietz Gets All-Rookie Honor
TAMPA - Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Brett Dietz was named to the Arena Football League's All-Rookie team. Dietz, who was signed April 24 from the Kansas City Brigade's practice squad, has led the team to an 8-1 record in games he has played.
The Hanover College product has completed 199 of 302 passes for 2,395 yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He leads all rookies in passer rating (119.3) and is the first Storm quarterback named to the rookie team.
NFL: The Dolphins signed GM Randy Mueller to a two-year contract extension. Miami also signed free-agent safety Chris Harrell.
Woods U.S.'s Most Popular Sports Star
Golfer Tiger Woods remains the United States' favorite sports star, while baseball player Derek Jeter takes over the second spot, a new poll found. Woods was named as America's No. 1 athlete for the second straight year in an annual poll conducted by Harris Interactive, and Jeter moved up from No. 4 last year. Retired basketball great Michael Jordan, who topped the survey every year from 1993 to 2005, dropped to third.
GOLF: Two weeks after becoming a father, Woods will return to competition at the AT&T National, July 5-8 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Phil Mickelson said his recovery from a wrist injury is ahead of schedule and he will join the field.
AUTO RACING: Ted Musgrave was suspended one race for retaliating against another driver during NASCAR's Truck Series race at the Milwaukee Mile. Musgrave must sit out Saturday's race at Memphis Motorsports Park. He also was penalized 50 points, fined $10,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year.
HOCKEY: The Bruins fired assistant GM Jeff Gorton and amateur scout Daniel Dore.
SOCCER: At Venezuela, Carlos Villaneuva's free kick in the 87th minute broke a tie as Chile beat Ecuador 3-2 in the Copa America's first round. Mexico beat Brazil 2-0 in the second game. The United States opens today against Argentina. … American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley transferred to Scotland's Glasgow Rangers.
TENNIS: Sisters Serena and Venus Williams were picked to play for the United States in the Fed Cup semifinals against Russia on July 14-15. Doubles specialist Lisa Raymond and teenager Vania King complete the U.S. squad announced by captain Zina Garrison.
A Tribune staff, wire report