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Morrison Won't Be Allowed to Box Foreman in Australia

November 05, 1996|From Staff and Wire Reports

Derek Milham, president of the Australian National Boxing Federation, said Monday that Tommy Morrison would not be allowed to fight in Australia because the boxer is HIV-positive.

American promoter Ron Weathers wants to set up a match between George Foreman and Morrison in Australia in February.

"Every fighter who fights in Australia has to pass a serology test," Milham said. "If they don't pass the test, they don't get a license and, if they don't get a license, they don't fight."

American junior-welterweight Hector Lopez was recently refused permission to fight in Australia by the ANBF when he failed a test for hepatitis C.

Tennis

Pete Sampras finished the year as the world's top-ranked tennis player for the fourth consecutive time.

Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov was No. 1 in total earnings for the year with $2,133,618, followed by Sampras with $1,946,252.

Top-seeded Wayne Ferreira lost his bid to qualify for the season-ending ATP Tour Championships by losing his opening-round match in the Stockholm Open to Greg Rusedski, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Unseeded Martin Damm of the Czech Republic upset fourth-seeded Sederic Pioline of France, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Baseball

Dodger catcher Mike Piazza hit a solo home run to help the U.S. major league all-stars beat a team of Japanese all-stars, 2-1, at Seibu Stadium in Tokorozawa-shi, Japan.

Baltimore Oriole announcer Jon Miller signed a five-year deal to handle play-by-play duties for the San Francisco Giants on both radio and television.

Oriole owner Peter Angelos had said he wanted Miller, who was his team's announcer for 14 years, to be less critical and more of an advocate for the team. But Miller said that he would not be able to change the way he does his job.

Miller will replace Hank Greenwald, who retired this year after 16 seasons with the Giants.

The Texas Rangers got outfielder Dwayne Hosey from the Boston Red Sox to complete the trade that brought Mike Stanton to the Rangers.

Olympics

Communist East Germany set up a clandestine medical facility outside the Olympic village at the 1976 Montreal Games to supply athletes with performance-enhancing steroids, then dumped the evidence in a nearby river, German officials in Berlin said, citing documents left behind after the country's unification.

East Germany won 90 medals at the Montreal Games, including 40 gold medals, second only to the Soviet Union.

Peter Busse, director of the German state authority, called for compensation for East German athletes who were coerced into taking steroids to improve their performances.

Jurisprudence

Former NBA all-star Alvin Robertson was sentenced by a San Antonio judge to serve six months in jail for a burglary conviction. Robertson was convicted in October of burglarizing the apartment of ex-girlfriend Sharon Raeford. The judge also ordered Robertson to do 500 hours of community service and to pay $27,000 in restitution.

Former Washington Redskin defensive star Dexter Manley walked out of a prison in Huntsville, Tex., paroled for good behavior after having served nearly 15 months of a four-year term for cocaine possession.

"I'm OK," Manley said. "It's been a soul searching. The only thing I can say is, don't judge me by what I say, judge me by my actions."

The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of millionaire equestrian George Lindemann Jr., convicted of insurance fraud in the 1990 electrocution of one of his horses.

Names in the News

Forward Marcus Johnson was suspended indefinitely for the second time in his two-year Long Beach State basketball career. First-year Coach Wayne Morgan said Johnson, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound junior, is off the team "because of a breach of team protocol," but declined to specify the reason. Johnson will not be allowed to practice with the team.

Alberto Tomba, a three-time Olympic and two-time World Champion, will return to ski competition next month. Tomba has been recovering from knee and wrist bruises suffered last month in a bad spill during training.

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