Sunday, April 4, 2010

Breaking News: Eagles send McNabb to Redskins

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have traded Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a pair of draft picks.

The Eagles will receive a second-round pick (37th overall) in this month's NFL draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year.

The team announced the deal Sunday night.

McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl in 11 seasons in Philadelphia. His failure to lead the team to its first NFL championship since 1940 plus the emergence of Kevin Kolb made him expendable.

Kolb, who has started two games in three seasons, becomes the starter. Michael Vick is the backup.

Breaking News: Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes Baja California

People gather at a parking lot outside their buildings after 6.9 earthquake hit the area in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, April 4, 2010. According to the US Geological Survey a 6.9 magnitude earthquake was registered 26 kms (around 16 miles) south west Guadalupe Victoria, in the Mexican state of Baja California. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

LOS ANGELES — A strong earthquake south of the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday swayed high-rises in downtown Los Angeles and San Diego and was felt across Southern California and Arizona, knocking out power and breaking pipes in some areas but causing no major damage.

The 7.2-magnitude quake struck at 3:40 p.m. in Baja California, Mexico, about 19 miles southeast of Mexicali, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was initially reported as a magnitude-6.9 quake. The updated magnitude was still an estimate, according to USGS seismologist Lucy Jones.

The area was hit by magnitude-3.0 quakes all week.

"It's been quite a while since we've had an earthquake this large," Jones said. "The last time we had an earthquake this large in either Baja or California was in 1992 with the Landers Earthquake, which was 7.3."

The USGS reported three strong aftershocks within the hour, including a magnitude-5.1 jolt in the Imperial County desert east of San Diego. Magnitude-4.5 and magnitude-4.3 aftershocks were also reported.

The 7.2-magnitude quake was felt as far north as Santa Barbara, USGS seismologist Susan Potter said.

Strong shaking was reported in the Coachella Valley and Riverside. The earthquake rattled buildings on the west side of Los Angeles and in the San Fernando Valley, interrupting Easter dinners. Chandeliers swayed and wine jiggled in glasses.

In San Diego, there were reports of shattered windows, broken pipes and water main breaks in private buildings, but no reports of injuries, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque said.

Coronado Bridge over San Diego Bay was briefly closed by the California Highway Patrol as a precaution.

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12 Killed in Baghdad Explosions

Three explosions rocked central Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 12 people and wounding some 35 others.

Iraqi officials say one of the blasts was near the Iranian embassy.

Authorities say the other two explosions were in the Baghdad district of Mansour.

The blasts shook buildings and shattered windows, sending a column of smoke across the Iraqi capital

On Saturday, Iraqi military officials imposed a curfew in the village of Bou Saifi near Baghdad, where gunmen wearing military uniforms killed at least 24 people a day earlier.

The Iraqi Interior Ministry has blamed al-Qaida for the slaying of men and women who reportedly had connections to the pro-U.S. Awakening movement, that helped U.S. and Iraqi forces fight al-Qaida.

Local officials said most of the victims were tied up and brutally beaten before they were killed execution style. They said security forces found seven people tied up but alive.

Iraqi security forces detained at least 25 people in connection with the slayings.

In an unrelated development, supporters of influential anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr concluded a two-day ballot Saturday to decide which candidate his movement will support to be Iraq's next prime minister.

The winner of the unofficial referendum, which has no legal authority, is expected to be announced in the next few days.

The plebiscite was open to all Iraqis but it is unclear how widely ballots were available beyond Sadrist strongholds.

Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's secular Iraqiya alliance finished first with 91 seats in the March 7 parliamentary elections -- two more than the State of Law Shi'ite coalition of incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Sadr's religious party won 39 seats in the polls, making him a likely deciding influence in efforts to form a governing coalition.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

Mr Terreblanche's far-right movement urged its members to be calm.

The 69-year-old was attacked on Saturday evening at home on his farm near the town of Ventersdorp, North West province. Two males, aged 21 and 15, have been arrested and charged with his murder, said police.

Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. finally end rivalry, possibly careers

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernard Hopkins won a brutal unanimous decision over Roy Jones Jr. in their long-delayed rematch Saturday night, emphatically avenging his loss in the famed champions’ first fight nearly 17 years ago.

The 45-year-old Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) dominated nearly every round of a light heavyweight bout filled with wily veteran tactics and fueled by obvious mutual hatred, winning for the fifth time in his six fights since 2005.

Hopkins punctuated his dominance with a stirring rebound from the 41-year-old Jones’ punch behind his head late in the sixth round. Hopkins, who was seeing spots throughout the later rounds, collapsed in his dressing room afterward.

Both fighters were taken to a hospital for evaluation, although both left the Mandalay Bay Events Center under their own power.

“It was definitely worth it, and it was sweet revenge,” Hopkins said. “It was really rough in there. He’s a good fighter, and he tried to rough me up. I tried to tough it out, but I was seeing spots from the sixth round on.”

Hopkins settled an old score against the 41-year-old Jones (54-7), who beat him by decision in May 1993 when both fighters still were on the cusp of standout careers. Jones has lost six of his last 11 bouts, falling precipitously from his pedestal as arguably the most dominant fighter of the 1990s.

“He’s a defensive fighter, and he fought a smart fight,” Jones said. “I had to chase him the whole time. The referee didn’t warn him about (head butts), but every time I did something, I got a warning.”

Judges Don Trella and Glenn Trowbridge scored it 117-110 for Hopkins, while Dave Moretti favored him 118-109. The Associated Press had it 119-108, scoring 11 of 12 rounds for Hopkins.

The rematch was delayed by money and egos until well after most fight fans had stopped salivating for it. Hopkins finally agreed to the bout last year and stuck with it even after Jones lost his previous fight by first-round knockout in Australia last December.

With veteran skills in the body of a man half his age, the longtime middleweight champion then unleashed 17 years of frustration on Jones, who repeatedly declined to fight him a decade earlier.

Hopkins used his strength from the opening round, backing up Jones with bull-rushes or peppering him with shots while in retreat. A right hand from Hopkins in the second round appeared to open a cut near the left eye of Jones, who struggled to land combinations against Hopkins’ defense and aggression.

During a clinch in the sixth, Jones threw a left hand to the back of Hopkins’ skull with 10 seconds left, and Hopkins immediately crumpled to the canvas on his knees with his hands on his head. Hopkins said he saw spots while staying down for about three minutes, but he eventually recovered — and Hopkins then unleashed a stunning flurry of vicious punches to Jones’ head, propelling the crowd to its feet.

The fighters kept trading shots well after the bell sounded. Referee Tony Weeks dived between them to break it up after a prolonged struggle against the ropes, and a member of Jones’ entourage jumped into the ring before Weeks and security guards restored order and got the fighters back to their corners.

Jones then threw a right hand to the back of Hopkins’ head with 20 seconds left in the eighth round, and Hopkins dropped to one knee.

Hopkins dropped to his knees for a third time after Jones hit him with a low blow 45 seconds into the 10th round, staying down for another long stretch. Jones then got a recovery timeout in the 11th round when Hopkins charged into him with a flurry that included a clash of heads.

Another generation has grown up since Jones won the vacant IBF middleweight title with an unanimous decision over Hopkins on May 22, 1993, on the undercard of a defense by heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Jones won the fight despite a right hand that was “pretty much fractured,” he said. He went on to become arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter of the 1990s, with a grace and multisport athleticism that landed him everything from a Nike deal to movie roles.

Hopkins took a harder road, just as he’s done throughout an adulthood that began with nearly five years in prison. He won the middleweight title in 1995 and defended it a record 20 times before evolving into one of the world’s most versatile fighters in his 40s, trouncing Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright and Kelly Pavlik in recent years after a brief retirement.

Hopkins recognized the fight’s throwback vibe in his ring walk by donning the black executioner’s hood he frequently wore earlier in his career, but has pretty much discarded in recent years. He was led to the ring by an elderly multimillionaire businessman singing “My Way,” with the lyrics adjusted to fit the fight.

Jones wore a cocky grin before the fight, stopping to talk to commentator Sugar Ray Leonard before it started.