Foreman crosses up corner on suitGeorge Foreman, who was...

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July 28, 1991

Foreman crosses up corner on suit

George Foreman, who was powerful but ponderous in losing to Evander Holyfield, was too fast in announcing a settlement of a $100 million suit against the heavyweight champion.

"I thought we had settled out of court," Foreman said yesterday.

"That's what I heard from my lawyers. When I left Houston Friday morning, I thought it was over. But when I got here last evening, Shelly Finkel told me it's not."

Finkel, Holyfield's manager, confirmed the suit has not been settled.

Foreman told KRIV-TV in Houston on Friday, "There's no more lawsuit; we're all friends and neighbors now."

"George had no right to do that, and I told him so," Finkel said.

Foreman and promoter Bob Arum sued Holyfield, Finkel and promoter Dan Duva for breach of contract, charging Foreman had an agreement for a rematch with Holyfield.

* Representatives of Mike Tyson say that allegations he raped a woman at an Indianapolis hotel last weekend are just another in a series of cheap shots against the former heavyweight champion.

"We hear the same kind of thing about once a month," Tyson's lawyer, Charles Lomax, said. "Mike is a target for just about anybody who wants to take a shot at him."

Tyson is alleged to have raped an 18-year-old woman in his room at a downtown Indianapolis hotel about 1:30 a.m. on July 19, police reports said.

Track and field

South Africa's Amateur Athletics Association voted against sending a team to the world track and field championships in Tokyo next month, --ing hopes of many of the country's athletes.

The vote was 9-5. Only delegates of the South African Amateur Athletics Union favored participation in Tokyo, which would have marked South Africa's debut in world competition after decades of banishment.

* Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson failed in his final attempt to qualify for the 100 meters at next month's world championships after another disappointing performance since his return from a two-year suspension for taking steroids. Johnson finished fourth the 100 meters final at the Canadian athletics championships at Montreal with a time of 10.42 seconds. Even if Johnson had met the international qualifying standard of 10.30 seconds needed to race the event at the world championships, the stiff tail wind would have rendered the time unofficial.

* Americans Hollis Conway, Jon Drummond and Maicel Malone won titles at the British championships at Birmingham, England. Conway cleared only two heights yet won the high jump at 7 feet, 7 inches. Drummond won the 200 meters and Malone raced away from a 400-meter field to win her event in 50.89 seconds, a meet record.


Payne Stewart shot a course-record 62, taking a six-stroke lead after three rounds of the Dutch Open at Noordwijk, Netherlands. Stewart had 11 birdies and one bogey and was 10-under par on the round, passing German Bernhard Langer to stand 19-under at 197.

* Jack Nicklaus' son Gary birdied five holes on the back nine and posted a 2-under 68 for a three-stroke victory in the Porter Cup amateur tournament at Lewiston, N.Y.

Auto racing

Britain's Nigel Mansell held off points leader Ayrton Senna of Brazil to win the pole for today's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Germany.

Drag racing

Shirley Muldowney, the three-time Top Fuel world champion, will return to the Winston Drag Racing Series full time in 1992. Muldowney, 51, of Mount Clemens, Mich., will drive the PetroMoly Special, sponsored by PetroMoly Lubercants, out of Sugar Land, Texas.

Pro basketball

The new $66 million Utah Jazz arena will be named the Delta Center as part of a sponsorship deal between owner Larry Miller and Delta Air Lines.

Semipro football

The Baltimore Bears of the Mason-Dixon Football League defeated the Mid-Continental League's Shenango Valley Blasters, 12-6, in a preseason game in Sharon, Pa.


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