Tyson sues to stop Holyfield vs. ForemanFormer heavyweight...

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December 28, 1990

Tyson sues to stop Holyfield vs. Foreman

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson filed a $50 millio suit yesterday to stop world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield from fighting challenger George Foreman on April 19 in Atlantic City, N.J.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's federal court, also seeks $10 million in damages from the World Boxing Association, the International Federation of Boxing and officers of the two organizations.

In the lawsuit, Tyson claims the WBA and IBF violated their own rules when they denied him a rematch with James "Buster" Douglas after Douglas unseated him as champion last February in Tokyo.

Tyson said the two boxing organizations decided he would be the challenger if Holyfield won the October championship fight with Douglas, which Holyfield did.

But the decision that Tyson would then fight Holyfield was rescinded, Tyson alleged, when WBA lawyer James Binns improperly persuaded the WBA executive committee to let Foreman be the challenger.

Binns is a consultant to Holyfield's promoter, Dan Duva.

Pro basketball

Jonathan Bloch, son of the former owner of the Phoenix Suns, told KTRK-TV of Houston that he is negotiating to purchase the National Basketball Association's Houston Rockets.

Rockets owner Charlie Thomas' secretary said Thomas declined comment. Thomas said before the season started that he was not actively seeking a sale but he would listen to attractive offers, reportedly of $90 million to $100 million.

A source told KTRK-TV that Bloch was negotiating the sale for a price between $70 million and $90 million.

Jonathan Bloch's father, Richard Bloch, sold the Suns in 1987.

Thomas purchased the Rockets in 1982 for $10 million.

* X-rays of Derrick Coleman's sprained left knee did not reveal any major damage, and there is a chance the New Jersey Nets rookie may play tonight against the Rockets.

Coleman, who has almost single-handedly turned the Nets into a competitive team this season, sprained the knee Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks in an apparent collision with teammate Kurk Lee (Towson State) late in the second quarter. He did not practice yesterday.


Pat Cash won two straight matches to lead Australia to a 2-1 victory over Britain in the opening series of the Hopman Cup team tennis championship in Perth, Australia.

Cash defeated Jeremy Bates, 6-1, 6-1, in the men's singles and then teamed with Liz Smylie to beat Bates and Sarah Loosemore, 6-4, 6-2, in the mixed doubles.

Loosemore earlier beat Smylie, 6-4, 6-3, in the opening women's singles to give Britain a 1-0 lead.

Australia, the No. 5 seed in the 12-nation event, earned a quarterfinal berth against Switzerland, the No. 3 seed.

The top four teams, headed by the United States, were granted first-round byes.

Each series consists of a men's singles, women's singles and mixed doubles.

Track and field

A panel of The Athletics Congress is collecting morinformation on the steroids test of world shot-put record holder Randy Barnes before deciding whether his suspension should be lifted, Barnes' lawyer said.

Attorney John Dowd said it may take several more days before the panel has all the information it needs to issue a decision on Barnes, who tested positive for steroid use after a meet Aug. 7 in Malmo, Sweden. He was suspended by the International Amateur Athletic Federation.

The 1988 Olympic silver medalist testified before the three-member panel Saturday in a nine-hour hearing in Washington.

If the panel recommends his suspension be lifted and TAC accepts the ruling, Barnes' case with the IAAF would go to arbitration. He could compete in the meantime in domestic meets.

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