South African Phillip Holiday retained his IBF lightweight title with a split decision over American Pete Taliaferro in Hammanskraal, South Africa.

Two judges had Holiday ahead 115-111, while the third gave the fight to the challenger by the same score.

Texas-El Paso concedes its athletic department has had problems but began appealing NCAA sanctions because the punishment was too harsh, the school’s athletic director said.

UTEP opened the appellate process by sending the NCAA a notification that it will contest the penalties, which include the loss of scholarships in football and men’s and women’s basketball and forfeiture of some games.

Former Wake Forest basketball coach and ACC television personality Bones McKinney died Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C., following two weeks of treatment for a stroke he suffered May 2. He was 78.

McKinney coached the Demon Deacons to their first two Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles in 1961 and 1962, and to their only Final Four appearance in 1962.

The owners of the Los Angeles Kings say they are committed to bringing an NFL team back to the area by the year 2000.

Edward Roski Jr. and Philip Anschutz say they will tell NFL owners at formal meetings beginning Monday in San Diego they are committed to making a $500 million investment for an NFL team.

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