De La Hoya becomes Mexican citizen

Posted: December 12, 2002

Super welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya yesterday became a Mexican citizen.

The Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles granted De La Hoya the nationality of his parents and grandparents. The 29-year-old De La Hoya also is a U.S. citizen.

"I've always felt that my blood is Mexican," he said. "That runs through my veins - having my family born in Mexico and myself here in Los Angeles."

In other boxing news:

* Christy Martin contends she has not been paid and is suing the promoter of her Dec. 6 fight with Mia St. John that was attended by a crowd of less than 500 at the Pontiac Silverdome. Martin said she did not receive her $300,000 purse before the bout, in which she scored a unanimous 10-round decision.

Philly File

* The Wings acquired defenseman Drew Candy from Toronto for forward Kevin Finneran. Candy played nine games as a rookie last year while Finneran, a 13-year veteran, is Philadelphia's all-time leader in assists with 281.

Sport Stops

* Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart will receive his second Al Holbert Memorial award as the Eastern Motorsport Press Association's Driver of the Year. Stewart, who won his first NASCAR title this year, will receive the award Jan. 18.

* Haile Gebrselassie earned $1 million by setting a world best for 10,000 meters on a road course that starts and finishes at the same spot. The Ethiopian finished in 27 minutes, 2 seconds at the QSI road race in Doha, Qatar.

* Canadian swimmer Jennifer Carroll was reprimanded by her federation for waving a Quebec flag on the podium at last summer's Commonwealth Games.

* Hernando Mauricio Vergara, a Colombian doctor who gained fame by treating former soccer star Diego Maradona, was arrested after police in Cali said they found more than 4 pounds of cocaine in his luggage. *

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