ALBUQUERQUE – Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was hospitalized in critical condition after an apparent cocaine overdose, the latest episode outside the ring in the Albuquerque fighter’s turbulent life. Police spokeswoman Trish Hoffman said the 40-year-old Tapia was taken to Presbyterian Hospital after paramedics responded to an early morning call about a person who wasn’t breathing at a hotel room. Police discovered a plastic bag containing a white substance, which Hoffman said was confirmed by tests as cocaine. King figures he’ll give up crown KOYUK, Alaska – Defending champion Jeff King figures a fifth win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race isn’t realistic unless Lance Mackey slows down. GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Isiah Thomas got a multiyear contract extension Monday, nine months after he was warned the Knicks needed to show “evident progress” or he’d be out of a job. With the Knicks in the hunt for a playoff spot, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan went back on his vow to wait until after the season to make his decision, saying that Thomas would return as coach and team president. Thomas added the coaching duties to his other role in June after Dolan fired Larry Brown following one season. But along with the job came the ultimatum, though Dolan never publicly said what the Knicks needed to do this season to show that progress. Tapia in critical condition “He’s going to be tough to beat,” King said after arriving in Koyuk, an Eskimo village of 350 people on Alaska’s western coastline. King mushed about 60 miles – one of his shorter runs of this Iditarod – along the coast and across the frozen Bering Sea to reach the checkpoint less than 200 miles from the race finish in Nome. No charges in cycling doping case MADRID, Spain – The investigation that shook cycling ended without indictments when the judge said he could not charge anyone because Spain’s new doping law was not in place when the case broke last May. The ruling by Antonio Serrano was released Monday and dated March 8. The decision can be appealed by Spanish authorities. Jaguars receiver arrested TAMPA, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Charles Sharon was charged with stealing a handgun that police said was found under the seat of the player’s sport utility vehicle during a drug-related search. Sharon and a companion were arrested Saturday night after a Tampa police officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from Sharon’s SUV parked in the Ybor City entertainment district, a police report said. Conradt leaves coaching post AUSTIN, Texas – Texas women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt resigned Monday after her team failed to reach the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. Conradt is the second winningest coach in Division I college basketball, behind only Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summit. Ex-AFL player, wrestler dies GRAMBLING, La. – Ernie “Big Cat” Ladd, who played on championship professional football teams before finding more lucrative success in pro wrestling, has died. He was 68. Ladd played in the American Football League and is a member of the World Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame. He died Saturday night after a long bout with cancer. Punter enters plea of not guilty GREELEY, Colo. – A former Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault. Mitch Cozad is accused of leaving a 3- to 5-inch deep gash in Rafael Mendoza’s kicking leg during a Sept. 11 ambush. Police have said they believe Cozad stabbed Mendoza in an attempt to get the starting job. U.S. women earn berth in final VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO, Portugal – Abby Wambach scored two goals and Carli Lloyd got her fourth of the tournament, leading the United States over Sweden 3-2 for a place in the Algarve Cup final. The United States, which won the tournament in 2000 and from 2003-5, will play Denmark in Wednesday’s final. Sweden needed just a tie to reach the final. Olympic swimming champ retires THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Four-time Olympic swimming champion Inge de Bruijn retired, saying there were “no more challenges” left in the pool. The 33-year-old Dutch swimmer completed her career with eight Olympic medals and five world championships. Stanford band members cleared PALO ALTO – Members of Stanford’s marching band, who spray-painted their old headquarters and destroyed it with sledgehammers, were cleared of allegations that they violated the school’s code of conduct. The university’s Judicial Affairs panel exonerated the nine band members, ruling the students were under the impression the “Band Shak” was unsuitable for future use and was set to be destroyed, band president Adam Cohen said Monday. PGA Tour winner Allin dies PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Bud Allin, a Vietnam War veteran who won five times on the PGA Tour and found his greatest joy as a golf instructor, has died. He was 62. He died of cancer Saturday in Hemet, the PGA Tour said Monday. He had said this year he had cancer in five parts of his body. From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!