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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Arturo "Thunder" Gatti didn't live to see his finest day.

Gatti, a world champion in two weight classes, heads the 2013 class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, announced Monday.

A native Italian raised in Montreal, Gatti was 40-9 with 31 knockouts. He died in 2010 in Brazil at 37 under mysterious circumstances.

"He gave it all in the ring," said "Irish" Micky Ward, who had three memorable bouts with Gatti. "…He gave the fans what they wanted."

Also selected: Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill, a five-time world champion; two-time light flyweight champ Myung-Woo Yuh; Wesley Ramey and Jeff Smith in the old-timer (posthumous) category; 19th century boxer Joe Coburn as a pioneer; referee Mills Lane; ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr.; manager Arturo "Cuyo" Hernandez; cartoonist Ted Carroll and journalist Colin Hart.

Inductees were selected by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international historians. The induction is June 9 at the hall, in Canastota, N.Y.


England has more violence concerns

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was dripping with blood Sunday, the latest incident tainting the game in England. Prosecutors charged nine men in connection with disorder at the match that Man U won 3-2 at Manchester City. They included a fan who ran onto the field to confront Ferdinand after the bloodied defender had been struck by a coin during the celebration of Robin van Persie's winning goal in stoppage time.

ITALY: Napoli went on trial for match-fixing after former goalkeeper Matteo Gianello confessed to arranging the result of a game three seasons ago.


AUTOS: Tony Eury Jr., the former crew chief for his cousin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will return to NASCAR Sprint Cup as crew chief for David Stremme at upstart Swan Racing. … Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier will test an IndyCar this week for Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Sebring International Raceway.

TRACK: Russia's anti-doping agency said discus thrower Darya Pishchalnikova was provisionally suspended by the IAAF after a positive test that could cost her the silver medal from the London Olympics.

Times wires

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