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April 24, 1991

Holyfield, Tyson camps launch war of words

Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson haven't agreed to fight yet, but their camps already are engaged in a war of words.

Tyson's promoter, Don King, started the verbal volley Tuesday with a barrage of challenges and charges against Holyfield and his three closest associates -- promoter Dan Duva, co-trainer Lou Duva and manager Shelly Finkel.

King called Finkel and the Duvas "liars and deceivers," accused Holyfield of ducking Tyson and challenged the heavyweight champion to a winner-take-all bout against Tyson in September or October.

Duva said Friday's Holyfield-George Foreman fight "breathed a fresh air into the sport. Now Don King has gone back to polluting the environment."

Pro football

Reggie Branch of the Washington Redskins made it official yesterday that he's retiring from football.

Although he was officially listed as a running back, Branch survived five seasons with his spirited play on the special teams. He carried the ball only four times in the regular season in his career.

The Redskins announced last week they weren't renewing his contract after he sat out last season with a broken ankle. He originally signed with the team as a free agent in 1985 out of East Carolina.

College baseball

The University of Maryland (17-23-1) bunched three hits, one a run-scoring double by Brett McGonnigal (Loch Raven), with a sacrifice and a Towson State error for three seventh-inning runs and a 6-3 victory at Shipley Field in College Park.

* At Homewood, Johns Hopkins (9-4) clinched the Middle Atlantic Conference-West title, its fourth in a row, with a 16-1 conquest of Susquehanna (2-4). Kathy Moskel led the Blue Jays with five goals, and Kara Tipton added a goal and two assists.


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