TORONTO (AP) — Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson directed an expletive-filled rant at a Canadian television anchor in a live interview after the host brought up Tyson’s conviction for sexual assault.
CP24 news anchor Nathan Downer asked Tyson Wednesday about his meeting with Toronto’s scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford, who recently returned to work after a rehab stint. Ford is seeking re-election.
Downer asked: “Some of your critics would say, ‘There’s a race for mayor. We know you’re a convicted rapist. This could hurt his campaign.’ How would respond to that?”
Tyson calls Downer negative before saying, “It’s so interesting, you come off like a nice guy,” then insulting the anchor with a string of profanity.
Tyson served three years of a six-year sentence in the 1990s for raping a teenage beauty-pageant contestant.
Warriors sign guard Leandro Barbosa: OAKLAND (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Leandro Barbosa.
The Warriors announced the deal Wednesday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Barbosa appeared in 20 games with the Phoenix Suns last season. He averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 18.4 minutes per game.
He spent the first part of the year playing in his native Sao Paulo in the Brazilian League. Barbosa also played for Brazil in the FIBA Basketball World Cup before signing with the Warriors.
Barbosa is averaging 11.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds over his 11-year NBA career. He also has played for the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics.
McIlroy’s last chance for big finish in Atlanta: ATLANTA (AP) — Rory McIlroy always thought his big year deserved a big finish. The Tour Championship is his last chance.
McIlroy already has won a pair of majors — the British Open and PGA Championship — sandwiched around a World Golf Championship. He is back to No. 1 in the world and is assured of being there for at least the next two months. He already has wrapped up another PGA Tour money title.
About the only item McIlroy doesn’t have is the FedEx Cup.
“After I finished the PGA, all my focus was on the FedEx Cup and trying to win this,” McIlroy said Wednesday.
The trophy — not to mention the $10 million bonus — is up for grabs this week at East Lake. McIlroy didn’t come close to winning the previous three FedEx Cup playoff events, though that never mattered. He is the No. 4 seed going into the Tour Championship, and the top five seeds only have to win the tournament to claim the FedEx Cup.
“Anything other than a win there would be a disappointment,” he said.