Breland loses, announces retirementMark Breland announced...

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September 14, 1991

Breland loses, announces retirement

Mark Breland announced his retirement from boxing after a technical knockout by Jorge Vaca, a veteran Mexican fighter, last night in Sacramento, Calif.

Vaca caught Breland with a stinging right, sending him into the ropes in the sixth round. He pinned Breland there and whaled away before referee Hank Elespuru halted the proceedings.

Later in his dressing room, Breland, whose final record will read 30-3-1, said: "No, it's over now. I'm retiring. Don't feel sorry for me. I let a lot of people down tonight, but I'm all right."

* A judge ordered lawyers, police and court personnel involved in boxer Mike Tyson's rape case not to make public statements that could prejudice a jury at his January trial.

* Trevor Berbick was convicted in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for misdemeanor simple assault and was sentenced to six months of probation for attacking his former financial manager.

During the trial, Berbick's former money manager, Novelette Hanse, testified that the boxer entered her office demanding she take him to his wife. Hanse said Berbick put a gun to her neck and tried to drag her outside to a waiting car before police broke up the fracas.


Tennis star Martina Navratilova said that a dispute over book rights about her affair with Judy Nelson is blocking a settlement in their palimony case.

"This is really the only stumbling block," Navratilova told reporters in Fort Worth, Texas, at the end of a weeklong legal battle to have Nelson's lead lawyer removed from the lawsuit.

Later, Nelson denied that a movie or book deal is the issue but blamed a less tangible demand that she surrender her "right to freedom of speech." She said it was not a matter of money, but a "matter of the heart."

Navratilova denied calling Nelson a "money-grubbing parasite" but suggested it was time her ex-lover found a job.

"I'm disappointed that the only way Judy is capable of making a living is through me, one way or another," Navratilova said.

Pro basketball

Patrick Ewing will be a member of the New York Knicks this season, according to a report in Newsday. Knicks president Dave Checketts delivered that message to Ewing this week in a meeting in Washington, and people close to Ewing said Ewing reacted positively to the news, the newspaper said. Checketts, who is attending the annual NBA meetings here in Palm Desert, Calif., declined to comment on the matter.

Auto racing

Michael Andretti won the provisional pole for tomorrow's Pioneer Electronics 200 in Lexington, Ohio. Andretti, the defending race winner, set the current track qualifying record of 115.652 mph a year ago and was just shy of that yesterday with a lap of 115.230.


The United States and Canada will meet tonight in Montreal in the first game of the best-of-three final for the Canada Cup.

Tonight's game is the sixth between the two in the past month, with Canada holding a 4-1 edge, including a 6-3 win in the Canada Cup round-robin. The Americans never have beaten Canada in five Cup matches.

* John Slaney and Brent Hughes scored unassisted goals late in the first period to break a 1-1 tie, as the Washington Capitals spoiled the U.S. Olympic team's North American debut with a 6-2 victory in Albany, N.Y.

* NHL owners and the players association met again in a bid for a last-minute settlement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement expires tomorrow, and there is uncertainty whether NHL training camps will be closed Monday through a strike or a lockout if no progress is made.

White-water canoeing

U.S. Olympic slalom team hopefuls and Potomac Electric Power Co. want to convert an electric generating station's warm-water discharge canal in Dickerson (Montgomery County) into the first artificial white-water training course in the country. If Pepco gives final approval to the plan, the 900-foot canal will be more like the Olympic course than any in the world.


Thomas Muster of Austria defeated top-seeded Sergi Bruguera of Spain, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Geneva Open. Muster will meet the Soviet Union's Andrei Medvedev in the semifinals. Medvedev beat Argentine qualifier Christian Miniussi, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.

In a second-round match, postponed from Thursday because of rain, Spain's Jordi Arrese defeated Veli Paloheimo of Finland, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.


Englishman Mark Pullan rallied to beat Gary Nicklaus in match-play competition in the third round of the British Amateur Championship in Ganton, England.

Nicklaus, 22, a son of Jack Nicklaus, led by two after the opening four holes but faltered in the windy conditions and was beaten, 3 and 1, by Pullan.

Navratilova: Book rights are obstacle

Tennis star Martina Navratilova said yesterday that a dispute over book rights about her affair with Judy Nelson is blocking a settlement in their palimony case.

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