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August 03, 1991

Tyson-Holyfield sells out in 14 days

A grand jury investigation involving Mike Tyson has not damaged the commercial luster of Tyson's scheduled heavyweight-title bout against the champion, Evander Holyfield, on Nov. 8.

"We're sold out," Phil Cooper, an executive at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. "We sold out in 14 days and broke our previous record, 16 days for [Marvelous Marvin] Hagler-[Sugar Ray] Leonard."

In a complaint filed with the Indianapolis Police Department, a woman accused the fighter of sexually assaulting her in the early morning of July 19.

George Foreman's adviser, Ron Weathers, said there had been "a lot of conversation" between lawyers about Foreman's substituting for Tyson if events made that necessary.

* Martha Louis, the widow of boxing great Joe Louis, died at a suburban Detroit hospital from complications of pneumonia. She was 78.

The NCAA Council voted to co-sponsor tougher academic requirements, but decided to wait a year before dealing with the issue of undergraduates and professional drafts.

The council decided that there needed to be more discussion with college coaches and professional organizations, but voted to join the reform-minded Presidents Commission in strengthening academic requirements.

* A week after being cleared of unethical conduct by the NCAA, Rich Daly has been reinstated as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Missouri.

Daly was accused of unethical conduct because he was unable to recall events surrounding an alleged recruiting trip to Detroit. But it was discovered that he probably did not make the trip.

Tennis

Top-seeded Stefan Edberg defeated Aaron Krickstein, 6-4, 7-5, and second seed Pete Sampras defeated Amos Mansdorf of Israel, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Volvo Tennis tournament in Los Angeles.

In other quarterfinal matches, fourth seed Brad Gilbert cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Steve Bryan, a qualifier, and Stefano Pescosolido of Italy defeated Scott Davis, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

* Fourth-seeded Jennifer Capriati dominated early in beating No. 5 Zina Garrison, 6-1, 6-4, to reach the semifinals of the Mazda Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

Capriati, 15, will face second-seeded Conchita Martinez, who topped amateur qualifier Debbie Graham, 6-0, 7-5.

* Fifth-seeded Jimmy Arias captured an opening set tie-breaker and held on to beat No. 4 Ronald Agenor, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Pro Championships in Brookline, Mass.

In another quarterfinal, Sweden's Tobias Svantesson gained a 6-2, 6-4 win over Eric Amend of Tucson, Ariz.

* Top-seeded Guillermo Perez-Roldan of Argentina advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP tournament in San Marino, defeating Carlos Costa of Spain, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

* Sergi Bruguera, Emilio Sanchez and Karel Novacek, the top three seeds, won second-round matches in the rain-marred ATP Philips Head Cup tournament in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Hockey

Patrick Roy's sinus operation and Mario Lemieux's rehabilitation for a back injury will keep the athletes off the ice in the 1991 Canada Cup hockey tournament.

Mike Keenan, coach of Team Canada, which will begin practice today, announced that the following additional players would report to practice: Wendel Clark of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Pierre Turgeon of the Buffalo Sabres; Dave Gagner of the Minnesota North Stars; and Kirk Muller of the New Jersey Devils. Teammates Dirk Graham and Michel Goulet of the Chicago Blackhawks and Eric Desjardins of the Montreal Canadiens will also report.

Baseball

The Kazmarek Little Orioles of Baltimore have won three straight in the Pee Wee Reese North Atlantic Regional in Brooklyn, N.Y. Shane Miller hit a grand slam and a two-run homer in yesterday's 12-3 win. Jared Vogt won his 17th game with three innings of one-hit relief.

Football

Big Ten Conference athletic directors reversed an earlier decision and allowed Ohio State to lease Ohio Stadium for a World League of American Football franchise. The school will be negotiating with a group that wants to bring a WLAF expansion team to Columbus.

Jurisprudence

Reebok International Ltd. has lost an attempt to block the sale and distribution of a baseball glove it claims uses its "Pump" technology. Circuit Judge Edwin Berman rejected Reebok's request to enjoin Spalding Sports Worldwide from marketing its AirFlex glove.

Reebok accused its partner in developing the technology, Design Continuum, of improperly sharing trade secrets with Spalding.

Soccer

Hockey player Peter Zezel joined the ranks of the two-sport athletes when he signed with the Canadian Soccer League's North York Rockets.

The Maple Leafs center will remain under contract with the soccer team until Sept. 5, when NHL training camp opens. Zezel played for both the Ontario and national under-18 championship teams in 1982.

Bowling

Steve Jaros outdistanced the field by 266 pins to take the top seed for today's stepladder finals of the PBA's Choice Hotels International Summer Classic in Edmond, Okla.

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