Former junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor failed to show up for two court appearances yesterday in Cincinnati, and both judges issued arrest warrants for him.
Pryor had faced sentencing before Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Gilbert Bettman on a drug-abuse charge. Pryor was scheduled to appear afterward in Hamilton County Municipal Judge Mark Painter's court for a hearing on a charge that he violated his probation from a 1989 drug offense.
Pryor's lawyer, Leslie Gaines, appeared in both courts to tell the judges he had no idea of the boxer's whereabouts.
Gaines told a reporter yesterday afternoon that he had %o contacted Pryor and was trying to arrange hearings before both judges this morning. Gaines declined to say where Pryor had been or why he missed the court appearances.
* A settlement of the suit by George Foreman and Bob Arum against heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield could be near.
"We are not that far from a settlement," Arum said yesterday after arriving in New York following a marathon negotiating session with a mediator in Houston. "My feeling is the thing will be settled because of the consequences of a defeat [in court by Holyfield, manager Shelly Finkel and promoter Dan Duva]." A trial is scheduled for next week in Houston on the breach-of-contract and fraud suit brought by Arum and Foreman. They are seeking $100 million in damages and an injunction to prevent Holyfield from defending the title against Mike Tyson on Nov. 8 at Las Vegas.
* Julio Cesar Chavez and Simon Brown will defend their WBtitles Sept. 14 in a boxing doubleheader at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Brown will make the first defense of his World Boxing Council welterweight title against former junior welterweight champion James "Buddy" McGirt, and Chavez will put his WBC super lightweight crown and undefeated record on the line against former world lightweight and junior welterweight champion Greg Haugen.
Sterling Marlin turned a fast lap of 192.085 mph to take the pole position for Sunday's DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway at Talladega, Ala. Marlin was just quick enough to beat Mark Martin's lap of 191.919 on the 2.66-mile, high-banked oval.
After the all-Ford Thunderbird front row, the next two qualifiers were in Chevrolet Luminas, with Ernie Irvan at 191.658 and series point leader and defending race and series champion Dale Earnhardt at 190.993. Bill Elliott was fifth at 190.985, followed by Chad Little at 190.803, Davey Allison 190.727, Rusty Wallace 190.253, Harry Gant 190.177 and Alan Kulwicki 190.098.
Raghib "Rocket" Ismail rushed for 37 yards and caught two passes for 43 more as the Toronto Argonauts beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 30-16, in a Canadian Football League game at SkyDome.
NBA commissioner David Stern announced that the 1992 draft will be held in Portland's Memorial Coliseum, site of the Tournament of the Americas Olympic qualifying basketball tournament. It will be the first time since 1978 that the draft will be held outside of New York.
* A lawsuit by former Dallas Mavericks coach John MacLeod that claims the team promised him a percentage of the profits from the past two seasons is "without merit," team officials say.
The breach-of-contract lawsuit was filed in state district court in Dallas this week. Doug Adkins, the team's vice president-counsel, said the Mavericks will file a reply sometime before Aug. 20.
Track and field
World indoor high jump champion Hollis Conway and European javelin champion Steve Backley won golds on the last day of the World University Games. British star Backley, the former world record holder, had an opening throw of 286 feet, 9 3/4 inches to break his own Games mark of 280-10. Conway, the Olympic silver medalist from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, cleared 7-9 3/4 with his final attempt to win the high jump.
Conway collected one of the six gold medals that went to the United States on the final day of competition. The others went to 110-meter hurdler Elbert Ellis and the four relay teams.
* Soviet high-jumper Yelena Rodina tested positive for using steroids in last month's Europa Cup meet in Frankfurt, Germany, and has been stripped of her victory by the European Athletic Association.
Former outcast South Africa was among the invitees when the International Olympic Committee issued official bids to 167 nations to compete in next summer's Barcelona Games.
After decades of isolation, South Africa was readmitted to the Olympic movement earlier this month because of its moves toward full racial equality in sport.
In an hour-long ceremony attended by senior Spanish officials, IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch signed 10 invitations in front of the media. Included were South Africa and Namibia, the latest national Olympic committees to be recognized.