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Colombian boxer Jimmy Garcia was squeezing his father's hand and responding to voices, prompting his doctor to voice cautious optimism about his chances for recovery from a brain injury suffered in a title fight with Gabriel Ruelas on Saturday night. Garcia remained in critical condition at University Medical Center, but doctors were encouraged by his responsiveness and the fact they were able to cut down some on his ventilator support.
Former two-time world champion James Toney captured the USBA light heavyweight title, dethroning Anthony Hembrick after five rounds of a scheduled 12-rounder in Las Vegas. Toney, 46-2-2 with 31 knockouts and the former IBF middleweight and super middleweight champion, won when Hembrick refused to leave his corner for the start of the sixth round.
Boxer Vincent Pettway, rebounding from a first-round knockdown, retained his IBF junior middleweight title at Landover, Md., by knocking out three-time world champion Simon Brown at 2:07 of the sixth round. . . . At Imola, Italy, world champion Michael Schumacher of Germany won the pole position for today's San Marino Grand Prix. . . . At Talladega, Ala., Mike Wallace, the younger brother of Winston Cup star Rusty Wallace, earned a victory in the Food World 500-kilometer ARCA stock car race at Talladega Superspeedway. k. . . At Lynchburg, Va., star sprinter Djamolidin Abdujaparov of Uzbekistan bolted to the front of a massive pack with 30 yards left to win the third stage of the Tour DuPont, while Italy's Andrea Peron retained his overall race lead. The cyclists will ride 141 miles in today's fourth stage from Lynchburg to Blacksburg, Va., the first mountain stage of the 12-day, $250,000 event. . . . University of Michigan football coach Gary Moeller was arrested after getting into a fight in a suburban Detroit restaurant. Moeller was arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery about 10 p.m. Friday. He was released on bond.
UNLV athletic director Jim Weaver is giving up most of his duties two months early to allow the school's alumni director to initiate marketing programs aimed at erasing athletic department red ink. ... New York basketball star Stephon Marbury, the nation's top-rated prep point guard, has signed with Georgia Tech. ... C.G. "Buzz" Ridl, the former University of Pittsburgh and Westminster College head basketball coach, died at age 75. ... Bob Probert of the Chicago Blackhawks had his suspension for substance abuse lifted by the NHL, but the left wing will not be able to play until next season. Andrea Peron of Italy won the second stage by 1.4 seconds to take the lead at the Tour DuPont in Richmond, Va. ... Canadian flyweight Scotty "The Bulldog" Olson hammered out a unanimous decision over Jorge Luis Roman in Edmonton. ... Peter Wall of Vancouver bought a one-third interest in Talkin Man, last year's juvenile champion of Canada and one of the favorites for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby. The purchase was announced by David Willmot of Kinghaven Farms and Helen Stollery, owners of the 3-year-old colt. The purchase price was reported to be $1.8 million.
George Foreman wants to fight just once more, then retire. If the fight can be made against Mike Tyson, he will take it. In an interview Friday, Foreman's promoter, Bob Arum, said Foreman told him Thursday that he did not want to fight twice more, as originally planned. "He wants to fight just once - the biggest money fight he can do," Arum said. Arum has also said that a rematch with Axel Schulz was possible. If Foreman has accepted the possibility of fighting Tyson, it would mark a turnaround from his previous contention - that he would never again fight anyone promoted by Don King.
At the final bell Saturday night, George Foreman looked like an old loser. Axel Schulz, his corner and his German fans certainly thought Schulz had beaten the 46-year-old Foreman and won the IBF heavyweight championship.
"Stick with this kid, Fats. He's a loser." - Bert Gordon to Minnesota Fats in Walter Tevis' "The Hustler" after Fast Eddie says it doesn't matter if Fats won that night, that he was the better pool shooter. On the surface, it would seem Mike Tyson is behind the eight ball. "The Hustler" talks not of "heart," or "guts" or something more Anglo-Saxon. The word Tevis adds to the sports lexicon is "character."
Mike Tyson signed the final papers on a $3.7 million, 11,000-square-foot home just down the street from Wayne Newton's ranch, a source reported. The realtor handling the deal, Phyllis Schwartz, has described the house as "the best in Las Vegas." She was also amazed at the media attention. "I've never ever seen the media hype that was around this," said Schwartz, adding that her husband was house physician for the Las Vegas Hilton when Elvis Presley was the headline act.
George Foreman accused Mike Tyson of "hiding from a 46-year-old man" and issued a public challenge to the newly freed former heavyweight champion. "The word now," the IBF heavyweight champion said, "is come fight." Foreman, meeting with reporters to pronounce himself ready for an April 22 title defense against Axel Schulz of Germany, said he contacted Tyson in prison to set up a $100 million title fight.
Mike Tyson is buying an 11,000-square-foot mansion here patterned after a French castle, reportedly paying $3.7 million for it. The home, owned by longtime gaming figure Ed Doumani, has been on and off the market for several months, listed at $5 million at one time.
For the second straight fight, Luis Santana was taken from the ring on a stretcher. And for the second straight time, he was the winner on a bizarre disqualification. Santana retained his WBC super welterweight title Saturday night when Terry Norris hit him well after the bell ending the third round and he stayed down.
Don King, with no announcement or fanfare, picked up the $90,000 tab to send recovering fighter Gerald McClellan back to the United States on a specially equipped medivac plane. King is McClellan's promoter.
At Las Vegas, Mike Tyson has already begun working out in anticipation of his first fight since his release from prison, promoter Don King said. Tyson worked out Friday night at an undisclosed location in Las Vegas, where he arrived Thursday from his home in Ohio. King said Tyson would attend next Saturday's fight card at Caesars Palace that features two heavyweight title fights - WBC champion Oliver McCall against former champion Larry Holmes and Tony Tucker against Bruce Seldon for the vacated WBA title. At Florence, Ky., Serena's Song scored her first victory against colts, winning the $600,000 Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park by 3 1/2 lengths over Tejano Run. The top-ranked filly, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49 3-5, 3 seconds off the track record set by Hansel in the 1991 Beam Stakes. But Lukas said he's sticking to his plan to take Serena's Song to the Kentucky Oaks on May 5, rather than the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. At the $125,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Mystery Storm, ridden by Craig Perret, galloped past Hyroglyphic on the far turn and then held off Rich Man's Gold by a nose to solidify his credentials for the $500,000 Arkansas Derby on April 22 and the Kentucky Derby on May 6.
Mike Tyson needed only 61 seconds - almost as fast as he has knocked out some opponents - to reaffirm that promoter Don King will lead his quest to regain the heavyweight championship. "Don is the greatest promoter in the world, as we know," Tyson said Thursday in his first public comments since being released from prison Saturday.
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson emerged from seclusion and met with his probation officer. His entourage made the 30-minute trip to the office. Tyson was accompanied by his bodyguards, Trumbull sheriff's deputies and companion Monica Turner.
Whitaker moves on without throwing a punch. Photo by Associated Press
Afternoon Deelites outdueled Timber Country in their much-anticipated first meeting and won the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita to reaffirm the colt's status as the Kentucky Derby favorite. Owned by composer Burt Bacharach, Afternoon Deelites held off the D. Wayne Lukas trained 2-year-old champion by a length in what amounted to match race at Santa Anita, Calif.
Leon Day, 78, elected to the baseball Hall of Fame just six days earlier, died Monday in Baltimore. . . . Stan Van Gundy, fired after just 7 1/2 months as Wisconsin's basketball coach, suggested prominent boosters played a role in his ouster. . . . Former WBO featherweight champion Ruben Palacio was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison after pleading guilty Jan. 5 in Miami to charges of importing heroin. . . . Ed Sabol, who founded NFL films and brought America the "Voice of Doom," has retired. . . . Hart Lee Dykes, the New England Patriots' former No. 1 pick, is suing Lloyd's of London, demanding payment on $1.7 million in insurance policies.