• Former heavyweight champion Norton dies: LAS VEGAS (AP) — He was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali’s jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight.
Ken Norton frustrated Ali three times in all, including their final bout at Yankee Stadium where he was sure he had beaten him once again.
Norton, who died Wednesday at the age of 70, lost that fight for the heavyweight title. But he was forever linked to Ali for the 39 rounds they fought over three fights, with very little separating one man from the other in the ring.
• Mayweather bout judge stepping away from ring: LAS VEGAS (AP) — A veteran Nevada boxing judge who drew widespread criticism after scoring a weekend title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a draw is giving up her ringside job, at least temporarily.
“I’m taking time away,” Cynthia C.J. Ross told The Associated Press on Wednesday in a brief telephone interview from her home outside Las Vegas.
The 64-year-old Ross said she won’t judge any fights “in the immediate future,” and hadn’t made a decision whether to quit.
• American Burroughs wins 2nd wrestling world title: BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — American Jordan Burroughs earned another wrestling world title on Wednesday.
Burroughs, a gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics, extended his undefeated streak to 65 matches with a 4-0 victory over Iran’s Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei in the 163-pound category at the Laszlo Papp Sports Arena.
• Davis Cup’s oldest rivalry back: US vs. Britain: LONDON (AP) — The Davis Cup’s oldest rivalry will resume next year when the United States hosts Britain.
The teams met in the first Davis Cup match in 1900, with the Americans going on to win the event a record 32 times.
Wednesday’s draw in London also created the possibility of Roger Federer playing Novak Djokovic, with Switzerland facing Serbia in the first round. The Serbs take on defending champion Czech Republic in the 2013 final in Belgrade on Nov. 15-17.
• Woods thinks role of TV needs further review: ATLANTA (AP) — Tiger Woods was asked twice about his position on television viewers able to call in possible rules infractions. He never answered that question directly.
That’s not to suggest he had nothing to say about the role of TV.
Woods, who met with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem before his news conference Wednesday at the Tour Championship, said there needs to be a time limit on calling in potential infractions. He also stated the obvious — that he’s on TV a lot more than anyone else.
• Ainslie hopes to one day win Cup for Britain: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Back home in Britain, he’s known as Sir Ben Ainslie.
Out on San Francisco Bay, he’s the tactician for America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA.
And really, Ainslie can’t lose even if Oracle fails to defend the America’s Cup.