Tony DeMarco gets call to Boxing Hall of Fame
Tony DeMarco, 86, a former world welterweight champion, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame at its 30th annual ceremony June 6 in Canastota, N.Y. DeMarco, a 5-foot-5-inch Italian-American who grew up in Boston’s North End, became a professional boxer at the age of 16 and defeated many of the top lightweights of his era before beating Johnny Saxton in a sold-out fight at Boston Garden to become welterweight champion in 1955. DeMarco retired in 1962 with a record of 58-12-1 (33 KOs).
Rangers top Forbes list
The New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valuable franchise for a fourth consecutive year, according to Forbes. The Rangers topped the annual list of valuations at $1.55 billion, up 3 percent from last year. The Toronto Maple Leafs were second at $1.35 billion, Montreal Canadiens third at $1.3 billion, 4 percent increases for both, the Chicago Blackhawks fourth ($1.05 billion), and Bruins fifth ($925 million) . . . The Ottawa Senators acquired defenseman Stefan Elliott and forward Tobias Lindberg from Pittsburgh for defenseman Macoy Erkamps and forward Ben Sexton.
Oregon hit with probation
The NCAA imposed two years of probation on Oregon after finding it violated rules related to the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the track and field program . . . Colorado signed Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, 46, to a five-year, $14.75 million contract to be its football coach . . . Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury agreed to become Clay Helton’s offensive coordinator at Southern California . . . Missouri extended the contract of football coach Barry Odom, raising his annual salary to $3 million . . . LSU’s Devin White was named the Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker . . . Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson won the Mackey Award as the country’s best tight end.
Josef Martinez claimed the MVP award from Major League Soccer after shattering the record for goals in a season and leading Atlanta United to the title game. The 25-year-old Venezuelan received his Landon Donovan trophy during a ceremony at the headquarters of United owner Arthur Blank. Martinez already earned the Golden Boot for scoring 31 goals in 34 games this season, breaking the mark of 27 shared by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski, and Bradley Wright-Phillips . . . Chris Owings agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, five days after the 27-year-old utilityman was cut loose by the Arizona Diamondbacks . . . Ex-Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen filed suit against comedian Lindsay Glazer Woloshin and her husband for causing $110,000 in damages to his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., mansion. The couple had been renting Pippen’s property for $30,000 a month after their home was damaged by Hurricane Irma.
. . . . Former NBA player Derek Fisher was hired to coach the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.