Holmes stops Greer in fourth roundLarry Holmes, hoping for...

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August 25, 1991

Holmes stops Greer in fourth round

Larry Holmes, hoping for a chance to regain his heavyweight title, continued his comeback last night in Honolulu with a fourth-round knockout of Michael Greer.

Holmes, 41, used a series of right hooks to send the smaller Greer, 35, to the canvas 1 minute, 18 seconds into the round and won for the third time in as many bouts since coming out of retirement in April.

Holmes (51-3, 36 knockouts) became angered after Greer (41-12-3) connected with a series of lefts to the head. Using his trademark left jab as a setup, Holmes sized up Greer, maneuvered him into a corner and unleashed a flurry of four right hooks that knocked him face-first to the canvas.

Holmes, who weighed 238 pounds, was in command for virtually the entire fight and used his size to bully the 200-pound Greer.

Although not as crisp as it used to be, Holmes' left jab -- his best punch during his prime -- landed repeatedly to Greer's body and head.

Holmes, who made $60,000 for the fight, began his comeback in April with a first-round knockout over Tim "Doc" Anderson. He won a unanimous 10-round decision Aug. 13 over Eddie Gonzalez.

* Daniel Zaragoza of Mexico successfully defended his World Boxing Council super bantamweight title by winning a unanimous 12-round decision over South Korea's Huh Chun in Seoul, South Korea.

* Sumbu Kalambay of Italy stopped John Ashton of Britain in six rounds to win the vacant European middleweight title in Pesaro, Italy.

Brabham flown in for more treatment

Race car driver Geoff Brabham was flown to Indianapolis yesterday for treatment at Methodist Hospital on his broken ribs, injured back and other injuries.

Brabham was injured Thursday during a testing accident at Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wis. He suffered two compressed vertebrae, three fractured ribs and cuts and bruises.

The Australian-born driver is a three-time defending race champion at Road America, which he will miss today, and he leads the 1991 IMSA Camel GTP championship point standings.

College football

Jnior Brian Ellis and sophomore Jason Van Matre combined to complete 19 passes in 36 attempts for 258 yards last night in Navy's first intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason.

Coach George Chaump has made one adjustment on defense, shifting co-captain Byron Ogden from outside linebacker to inside linebacker in an effort to get more experienced players on the field. Ogden was a regular on the outside a year ago.

L Navy opens its season at home against Ball State on Sept. 7.

Pro basketball

Victor Alexander, one of the Golden State Warriors' three first-round draft picks, has signed a five-year contract.

When the team made the announcement, it expressed thanks to veteran forward Jim Petersen.

Warriors president Dan Finnane said Petersen agreed to a salary cut for the coming season, allowing the Warriors to remain under the NBA's salary cap with the signing of Alexander.

"This was truly a first-class gesture by Jim," said Don Nelson, the Warriors' head coach and general manager.


Hartford Whalers right wing Pat Verbeek said he was disappointed and embarrassed about being among the first 15 players cut from Team Canada. Verbeek also said coach Mike Keenan of the Chicago Blackhawks and his assistants, St. Louis Blues coach Brian Sutter and Montreal Canadiens coach Pat Burns, are leaning toward selecting their own players for the team.

"No one has to sit and try to figure that one out," Verbeek told The Hartford (Conn.) Courant. "I thought I played well. Put it this way: I know I played well enough to get by the first cuts."


Nils Rudolph of Germany broke the European record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 22.33, giving his country its second gold medal of the day at the European Championships in Athens, Greece. Rudolph broke the record of 22.47 set by East Germany's Joerg Woithe in 1987. The world mark of 21.81 has been held by American Tom Jager since March 1990.

Germany's first gold medal was won by Daniela Hunger in the women's 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:15.53. She was more than a second ahead of Romania's Beatrice Coada, who finished in 2:16.68.


Germany won four gold medals at the world championships in Vienna, Austria, setting two world records, and Britain broke two world marks in winning the men's lightweight coxless four and men's coxless pair.

The United States took only one medal, a silver in the women's coxless fours.


Leontien Van Moorsel of the Netherlands and Viktor Pjaksinski of the Soviet Union won races at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Van Moorsel captured her third different world title, winning the women's road race over a street course made slick by a morning rain. Inga Thompson of the United States was second, almost two minutes behind.

Pjaksinski broke away in the final sprint to win the men's 108-mile amateur race, run later in the day under a hazy sun. Davide Rebellin of Italy was second and Baet Zberg of Switzerland third.


Roberto Mancini scored with 15 minutes remaining, leading Sampdoria of Genoa over AS Roma, 1-0, at the Italian SuperCup in Genoa, Italy.


Ricci Luyties and Adam Johnson upset defending champions Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos to win the $750,000 U.S. Pro Beach championships in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Luyties, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Johnson, of Capistrano Beach, Calif., rebounded from a 15-4 loss to Smith and Stoklos, the tournament's top seeds, in the winner's-bracket final, then beat them, 13-10, in the championship.

Winging it Sam Torrance of Scotland took the lead in the German Open at Duesseldorf, Germany, by shooting a 3-under-par 69 in the third round for a 205 total. Another Scotsman, Gordon Brand Jr., is one stroke back after a 66.

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