Sports Notes - 02-24-09

Feb 24, 2009 5:02 PM

1 FIGHT ON FOR VEGAS, 1 OFF

Mandalay Bay will be the site on Saturday, April 11 between current two-division titlist Paul Williams and former junior middleweight world champ Winky Wright. The 12-round middleweight bout will be televised live on HBO at 7 p.m. PT. Yes, the fight is free and not pay-per-view.

The Palms expected a big turnout for the March 14 rematch between light-heavyweight champ Chad Dawson and former champ Antonio Tarver, but a hand injury to Dawson postponed the fight for at least a couple of months.

$165K HALF-COURT SHOT NO MIRAGE

MGM MIRAGE has been holding The Mirage Big Shot Jackpot Contest for the past few years at Los Angeles Lakers home games, and with no hits. That’s is until last Tuesday in the Lakers-Atlanta Hawks game.

Robert Ward, 23, of Mission Viejo and a senior at USC, sank his one attempt from half-court to win $165,000 along with a standing ovation from the Staples Center crowd. The Mirage is the official destination in Vegas for the Lakers.