Holyfield-Foreman bout likely in Atlantic CityA tentative...

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February 12, 1991

Holyfield-Foreman bout likely in Atlantic City

A tentative agreement was reached last night that would keep the Evander Holyfield-George Foreman heavyweight title fight in Atlantic City, N.J.

The arrangement was revealed by Dan Duva, who would co-promote the bout with Bob Arum on April 19. The live-site promoter would be Donald Trump.

A news conference was scheduled for noon today at Trump's Plaza Hotel.

* Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes has settled a four-year-old lawsuit with the widow of former New York Post sportswriter Dick Young, whom Holmes had ejected from one of his sparring sessions.

Holmes and Josephine Young agreed to a settlement after five hours of talks mediated Friday by U.S. Magistrate Robert Johnston.

Young died on Aug. 31, 1987, at the age of 69. His estate continued to pursue the lawsuit after his death.

Dick Young filed suit after he was ejected from an April 15, 1986, public training session before Holmes' rematch with Michael Spinks. He claimed in the suit that Holmes and Las Vegas Hilton staff members interfered with and hindered his ability to gather information on a matter of public interest by having him forcibly removed from the sparring session at the hotel.

Young had asked for a monetary judgment, and his family wanted Holmes to publish an apology in the New York Post, USA Today and The National.

Holmes' attorney, Marc Risman, said the terms of the settlement were sealed, but said an apology would be printed in one newspaper that is not a national publication.


A 13-member USA Basketball Olympic subcommittee meeting Charlotte, N.C., reduced the number of coaching candidates for the 1992 Games to five in hopes that a selection will be made by March 1.

According to committee members, those who will be interviewed to become the first National Basketball Association coach to head the U.S. Olympic team are Chuck Daly of the Detroit Pistons, Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors, Cotton Fitzsimmons of the Phoenix Suns, Larry Brown of the San Antonio Spurs and Lenny Wilkens of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Professional basketball players will compete for the first time in the 1992 Games, to be held in Barcelona, Spain.

College basketball

A National Collegiate Athletic Association investigation of Texas-El Paso's basketball program turned up 13 violations, including allegations of a lack of institutional control of the program, according to a televised report.

Television station KVIA in El Paso, Texas, reported it had contacted people who have read the NCAA report that administration officials plan to reveal at a news conference today.

* The president of Syracuse University's largest basketball booster group has been asked to resign and no longer associate himself with the men's program, a university spokesman said.

The university did not spell out why it was directing Hardwood Club president Joseph Giannuzzi to step down and surrender the preferred seating privileges he and his wife, Cynthia, enjoyed at Syracuse home games.

The university is investigating allegations raised in a series of articles published in December by the Syracuse Post-Standard, which reported that Syracuse might have broken several NCAA rules, such as allowing players to receive merchandise, cut-rate use of cars and cash gifts from boosters.

The investigation resulted in the brief suspension Friday of seven players, who were reinstated by the NCAA the same day.

College football

The Mississippi State Senate voted, 29-21, to require the state's largest colleges to play each other in football, but banned those schools from moving home games to Memphis, Tenn., or elsewhere outside the state.

The bill would require the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State to schedule annual games with Southern Mississippi once the schools could agree on financial terms and when the games did not interfere with conference scheduling.

Ole Miss and Mississippi State are members of the Southeastern Conference. Southern Mississippi is an independent.

The bill was amended by Sen. Eddie Briggs of Dekalb, Miss., to bar those universities from playing home games outside Mississippi. All three have done so in the past two seasons.

The bill now goes to the House.


Ben Johnson edged Cuba's Andres Simon in a photo finish to win the Yomiuri Chitose Indoor Track and Field Meet in Osaka, Japan.

It was the second first-place finish in four starts this season for Johnson, who is trying to make a comeback after a two-year ban from track for failing a drug test at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

Simon, the world indoor 60-meter champion at 6.52 seconds in 1989, and Johnson were clocked at 6.64 seconds in the 60.

Pro football

Tampa Bay linebacker Broderick Thomas was back home yesterday, recuperating from gunshot wounds he got outside a Tampa, Fla., nightclub.

Thomas, 23, was released from Tampa General Hospital on Sunday, a day after he was wounded in the armpit and chest when he allegedly intervened in an argument over a woman.

Classy classic car North and South Korea agreed yesterday to form single teams for two international championships, marking the first time the two longtime rivals will have played on the same side in 45 years.

Delegates representing the two agreed to field a single inter-Korea team for the 41st World Table Tennis Championships in Japan in April and the sixth World Soccer Championship in Portugal in June.

The Koreas have been divided since the end of World War II, in 1945. They held inter-Korea soccer competitions for the first time in four decades last October.

The sports ministers of the nations have said they would work toward forming single teams with the aim of entering a joint team in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, because it was not allowed to hold a number of events.

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