Former world boxing champion Diego “Chico” Corrales was killed Monday night in a motorcycle accident. Corrales’ 2005 knockout of Jose Luis Castillo capped arguably the fight of the decade thus far. It’d be great to go the rest of the decade without reading another premature obituary on the sports page.

Catching some cash

Steve Smith signed a hefty contract extension to stay with the Carolina Panthers through 2012. Terms weren’t disclosed, but if Smith banks $1 million for every interception Jake Delhomme and David Carr throw trying to get him the ball, his great-great-great-grandchildren will live well.

Win in the derby is worth a visit with bush

Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel was invited to the White House state dinner involving Queen Elizabeth. Great. Just another excuse for animal-worshipping lefties to crack an unfunny joke with “horse’s ass” in the punch line.

Two seasons: hockey, and the fourth of july

Two European teams will challenge an NHL franchise in the new Victoria Cup tournament in September 2008. Congratulations to the NHL on joining NASCAR, the PGA and tennis as professional sports enterprises with absolutely zero off-season.

They shoot horses, don’t they?

The Indianapolis Colts have let go of another 2006 defensive starter, this time releasing linebacker Gilbert Gardner. Super Bowl champions normally sit around getting fat, dumb and happy. Interesting way to solve that problem.

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