Olympic champion in ’68 undergoes brain surgery

Lee Evans, 63, a 1968 Olympic champion in the 400 meters and 1,600 relay in Mexico City, had brain surgery in San Jose, Calif.

In Mexico City, Tommie Smith and John Carlos finished first and third in the 200 meters, then entered Olympic history with their controversial protest during the medal ceremony.

Evans planned a similar protest the next day after becoming the first person to run faster than 44 seconds in the 400. He wore a black beret symbolic of the militant Black Panther Party on the podium. But he didn’t wear his black glove or black socks as Smith and Carlos did.


ENGLISH LEAGUE: Tottenham maintained the edge over Chelsea in the Premier League’s top four, drawing 1-1 with its London rival to retain a two-point cushion in third.

Emmanuel Adebayor put Tottenham ahead after eight minutes but Daniel Sturridge tied it 15 minutes later.

JONES INVESTIGATED: Schalke’s American midfielder, Jermaine Jones, is under investigation by the German football federation for apparently intentionally stepping on the injured foot of an opponent.

INIESTA OUT: Andres Iniesta, who scored the overtime goal that won the World Cup for Spain last year, will be sidelined for at least two weeks after injuring his right thigh while playing for Barcelona.


THOMAS: Former St. Joseph’s athletic director David Roussel has been named athletic director at his alma mater.

Roussel, a 1993 Thomas graduate, coached both men’s and women’s soccer at St. Joseph’s, and was the athletic director from 2002-06. He has been an associate dean since 2007.


FIGHTER ARRESTED: Kelly Pavlik, the former middleweight champion, was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving after Ohio police say he drove an all-terrain vehicle into a lamppost and phone pole.

Mahoning County deputies said Pavlik, 29, was arrested Wednesday night at his home outside Youngstown after a neighbor reported the crash. A police report described him as belligerent, swearing and yelling at officers.


BUSCH RETURNS: Kurt Busch, who became one of NASCAR’s most polarizing figures this past season, will return to the Sprint Cup series in 2012 to drive the No. 51 car for Phoenix Racing and its owner, James Finch.

Busch parted ways with Penske Racing following a tumultuous season in 2011. He clashed with two reporters in Richmond, then was fined $50,000 by NASCAR for profanities directed at Jerry Punch of ESPN and using a hand gesture at the season’s final race Nov. 20 at Homestead, Fla.

— From staff and news services