Taylor rises to task, maintains WBA crownMeldrick Taylor...

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January 19, 1992

Taylor rises to task, maintains WBA crown

Meldrick Taylor saved his Philadelphia homecoming celebration by getting off the floor twice in the first four rounds last night at the Civic Center to beat challenger Glenwood

Brown.

"It's my fight. I won the fight," Brown, 24, shouted immediately after the final bell, but all three judges disagreed and Taylor, 25, remained the World Boxing Association welterweight champion.

Earlier, Pernell Whitaker, the undisputed lightweight champion, made his debut as a welterweight by scoring a one-sided decision over Harold Brazier, 36.

* Evander Holyfield "will not fight Mike Tyson if he is convicted, no matter what anybody says," the heavyweight champion's promoter warned. Dan Duva angrily answered a report that World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman, a Don King ally, was prepared to rule that Tyson would remain Holyfield's mandatory challenger even if convicted on rape charges as long as he was free pending appeals.

Bobsledding

Minnesota Vikings running back Herschel Walker and former NFL tight end Greg Harrell won berths on the U.S. Olympic bobsled team in the push competition in Altenberg, Germany.

The push-offs were ordered Friday by the Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court, ruling on a claim by Harrell, Los Angeles Raiders wide receiver Willie Gault and hurdler Edwin Moses that they hadn't been properly informed of the schedule for the original trials in July. Moses has since dropped his bid for the team.

The top four finishers yesterday -- Walker, Jeff Woodard, Harrell and Joe Sawyer -- were guaranteed Olympic spots. Gault finished ninth. He and others, including former Navy football player Bob Weissenfels, who had qualified in July, will compete for a last shot at the team today.

College basketball

Oregon State guard Earnest Killum is paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak because of a stroke he suffered Friday morning. Killum, who scored 13 points in 16 minutes Thursday night, was listed at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood, Calif., in fair condition.

* The entire Texas A&M team was taken to a hospital for treatment after being overcome by fumes in the visitors' locker room at Ferrell Center in Waco before its game against Baylor. "Everybody seems to be fairly stable, you know light-headed and that kind of stuff," said Kerry Seely, evening supervisor at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. The fumes were caused by an apparent malfunction of the heating system.

Sailing

Defiant defeated Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes for the second time in the fourth race of the opening round of the America's Cup defender trials in the waters off Point Loma, Calif. Defiant's margin of victory over the 22.6-mile, eight-leg course was 3 minutes, 46 seconds.

* Australians Mitch Booth and John Forbes clinched the world tornado catamaran championship off Perth, Australia, with a race to spare in the seven-heat series. The Sydney duo took an vTC unbeatable overall lead yesterday by powering to a 1 minute, 38-second victory in the sixth race over Cockburn Sound -- their third win of the week.

College football

Tyrone Williams, the first Canadian college player invited to the Senior Bowl, scored on a 36-yard pass as the AFC beat the NFC, 13-10, in Mobile, Ala.

* Brian Jozwiak, a former Catonsville player and All-American at West Virginia, testified Friday that he bought cocaine from a member of the university's basketball team in 1986. Jozwiak, an offensive tackle in 1984, testified in the trial of Wayne Yearwood, the former Canadian Olympic basketball player who is charged with nine federal counts of distributing cocaine.

Jozwiak told the jury he occasionally bought between 1 and 2 grams of cocaine from Yearwood. Jozwiak said he quit using the drug in February 1987. The federal Drug Task Force granted Jozwiak restricted immunity a week ago, Jozwiak testified.

Hockey

The Kings, searching for a second-line center, are talking to the St. Louis Blues about obtaining Adam Oates, Los Angeles owner Bruce McNall said. McNall, however, would not confirm reports that he may be willing to include forward Tomas Sandstrom in such a deal. Oates, 29, who has 60 points in 46 games, has threatened to sit out this week unless his contract is renegotiated. His demands have drawn the ire of St. Louis fans, some of whom have displayed banners that say, "Adi-Oates."

Baseball

A child-custody dispute with his ex-wife and a pharmacist's suggestion of how to beat a drug test pushed Otis Nixon back to cocaine, the Atlanta Braves outfielder said. In his first substantive interview since commissioner Fay Vincent suspended him Sept. 16, Nixon said off-the-field problems were "pounding on me." Nixon said a pharmacist friend offered eight or nine lines of cocaine and suggested an herbal tea tablet and vinegar cocktail would chase the drug from Nixon's system and avoid detection.

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