Foreman on the ropes for another title fightUnless Larry...

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April 17, 1992

Foreman on the ropes for another title fight

Unless Larry Holmes upsets Evander Holyfield on June 19, boxing probably has seen the last of George Foreman. Foreman, who barely survived what was supposed to be a walkover with Alex Stewart on Friday night, told Newsday yesterday that if Holyfield retains his title and refuses to grant Foreman a rematch, "Then that's the end of George."

"This whole thing was about getting another title shot," Foreman said of his two-fight, $10 million deal with HBO, which ran out with the Stewart fight. "I'm not interested in doing more two-fight deals, or fighting any more of these young tigers. I want another title shot, but I'm sticking to my timetable to be out of this by the end of 1992."

Pro football

NBC commentator Bill Parcells will undergo a heart procedure today for the third time in four months. Dr. Patrick Whitlow, a cardiologist, is scheduled to perform an atherectomy -- where plaque is scraped from the artery walls or destroyed by laser -- on Parcells, 50, at the Cleveland Clinic. Parcells, former coach of the New York Giants, is expected to be discharged tomorrow.

Soccer

Soccer's governing body threatened sanctions after Diego Maradona defied his worldwide suspension and played in a charity match in Buenos Aires, Argentina. FIFA spokesman Guido Tognoni said in Zurich, Switzerland, that the Argentine Soccer Federation would be asked for an explanation of why Maradona played in Tuesday night's match, a benefit that raised $225,000 for the family of Juan Funes, an Argentine player who died last year at age 29. Maradona's 15-month suspension runs through June 30. FIFA said pro players who appeared in the match face possible penalties, as does the Argentine federation.

High school baseball

Senior right-hander James Sands threw a no-hitter in his first game as a pitcher, lifting Southern (7-1) over Northern, 15-0. Sands struck out eight and walked one. He had a double, an RBI and a run.

College tennis

North Carolina State avenged a regular-season defeat to Maryland, beating the Terrapins, 5-1, to advance to the quarterfinals of the men's Atlantic Coast Conference championships in Charlotte, N.C. In the women's tournament, Georgia Tech defeated Maryland, 5-2, to reach the quarterfinals.

Diving

Julie Ovenhouse scored 485.61 points to win the 1-meter gold medal in the National Diving Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ovenhouse took the gold by 45.18 points over Krista Klein, with Melisa Moses third with 433.38 and Kristen Walls fourth with 425.43. The top four finishers qualified for the 1992 U.S. National Diving Team.

Colleges

A University of Virginia investigation of loans to athletes has become "a complete shakedown of the athletic department," an attorney who sits on the board of visitors' athletics committee said. Waller H. Horsley told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the investigation examined if the department's top administrators failed to oversee the perks from the private sports booster group.

College basketball

The University of Texas-Pan American has admitted three violations being probed by the NCAA, but didn't respond to charges of unethical conduct and lack of institutional control in its program. The school conceded in a response to an NCAA letter of inquiry that an athletic booster had helped players obtain a rental car, that a loan was made to the girlfriend of an athlete and that an athlete was given a jersey during an official recruiting visit.

Bowling

Walter Ray Williams Jr. rolled two 300 games and stretched his lead to 1396 pins through three rounds of the Professional Bowlers Association Tums Classic in Windsor Locks, Conn. Martin Letscher of Bel Air finished tied for 36th. He earned $1,135.

Hockey

A federal grand jury is investigating R. Alan Eagleson, founder and former executive director of the NHL Players Association, according to a story in the Boston Herald. The newspaper, citing sources it did not identify, reported that allegations include bribery and fraud. Eagleson is accused of betraying the union, which he founded in 1967, with deals that benefited him, the newspaper reported.

College football

Prosecutors recommended that former Miami running back Martin Patton be given a lenient sentence in exchange for his cooperation and guilty plea to credit card conspiracy charges. Two other charges of the indictment against Patton, obstruction of the U.S. mail and credit card fraud, would be dismissed when he is sentenced June 8, prosecutors said.

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