Mayweather hit with more felony charges
LAS VEGAS — Three more felony charges were added Thursday to the case against undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather that stems from an incident with his ex-girlfriend and their children.
Mayweather remained free on $3,000 bail pending arraignment Nov. 9. He was arrested Sept. 9 on a charge of felony grand larceny for allegedly taking cell phones belonging to Josie Harris and two of their children.
The new charges are two counts of coercion, one count of robbery, misdemeanor domestic battery and three counts of misdemeanor harassment.
The original police report says Harris told police Mayweather was angry about her relationship with another man and confronted her at the apartment where she and the children live.
The new charges alleged Mayweather threatened to beat the sons if they called 911 or left the apartment, threatened Harris and the children with violence and grabbed her by her hair, hit her and twisted her arm.
Mayweather's lawyer, Richard Wright, said he hadn't seen the new charges and declined comment. If convicted, Mayweather faces 34 years in prison.
Seattle sweeps its way to WNBA title
Visiting Seattle capped its perfect playoff run, beating Atlanta 87-84 for a three-game sweep to win its second WNBA title. The Storm, which also won in 2004, won all seven of its playoff games. Thursday, Swin Cash scored 18 to help overcome 35 by Angel McCoughtry (nine over the final 2:30). Lauren Jackson, who scored 26 in each of the first two games of the series, had 15 and nine rebounds and was named Finals MVP.
Rockets: C Yao Ming will not play more than 24 minutes in a game this season to limit stress on his bones. He has missed parts of the past five seasons, including all of 2009-10, with bone-related injuries. He also is likely to sit out the second of games played on consecutive days.
Heat: Prosecutors dropped marijuana charges against F Udonis Haslem, saying they could not be proved. The former Gator was arrested Aug. 15 for speeding in Miami, and a search of his car turned up a container of marijuana. A passenger claimed ownership of it, and prosecutors said Haslem's fingerprints were not on it.
Colleges: Bernardo Anor scored with eight minutes left as USF's men's soccer team beat Ohio State (No. 9 in National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll) 2-1 at Florida Gulf Coast's Kickoff Classic in Estero. … Penn State is starting a Division I men's hockey program, the Associated Press reported. An announcement is expected today. Penn State has had a club hockey team since 1971, and it's considered one of the top club programs in the country.
Tennis: Tampa resident Mardy Fish faces Alejandro Falla in today's first match of the United States' Davis Cup playoff at Colombia. Sam Querrey then faces Santiago Giraldo. Saturday, John Isner and Ryan Harrison face Carlos Salamanca and Robert Farah. Reverse singles are Sunday. Because the United States lost to Serbia in the first round, it must beat Colombia to remain in the top tier of the competition.
Cycling: The head of France's antidoping agency is ready to assist a U.S. federal investigation into seven-time Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong. Pierre Bordry said he will hand over Armstrong's backup samples from the 1999 Tour if asked. In 2005, a French newspaper reported they contained EPO — a banned substance.