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© St. Petersburg Times
published December 15, 2002


Byrd denies Holyfield title

Chris Byrd exposed Evander Holyfield as an aging fighter Saturday night in Atlantic City, N.J., using speed to frustrate the former champion and denying him a chance to win a fifth heavyweight title.

Byrd made the 40-year-old miss wildly throughout to win a unanimous decision and the vacant IBF heavyweight title. Byrd, 32, seldom let Holyfield get off a clean shot, and usually punished him with a flurry of punches in return.

"Now the world sees I can stay in there with the great heavyweights because I just beat one of them," Byrd said.

Two judges scored it 117-111 and a third 116-112.

MORE BOXING: Joe Calzaghe stopped American Tocker Pudwill in the second round in Newcastle, England, retaining his WBO super-middleweight title.

SOCCER: When Stanford faces Pac-10 rival UCLA in today's NCAA College Cup championship in Dallas, it will be their third meeting: The Bruins beat the Cardinal 1-0 twice in the regular season. Stanford (18-4-2) almost did not get a third shot, beating Creighton 2-1 in double overtime Friday. UCLA (17-3-3) is coming off a 2-1 win over Maryland.

RUNNING: East Lake's Tony Teats won the Lansbrook Lakefront Classic 5K in 16 minutes, 1 second. Dan Ayers, a River Ridge High School senior, was second (17:29) and Tampa's Brian Bradley third (17:53). Clearwater's Vicki Stum, who won the Times Turkey Trot, won the women's title in 18:21. New Port Richey's Jacki Waller was second (18:51) and St. Petersburg's Amy McClenathan third (19:17).

SENIOR GAMES: Clearwater's David White scored 74 in four basketball games to lead the Phantoms 50 and older team to gold in Lakeland. In the 60-64 group, the Clearwater Aces won gold.

AUTOS: A lawsuit filed against Atlanta Motor Speedway was dismissed by a federal judge in Tennessee. Cracker Barrel restaurant chain filed a lawsuit in Nashville against the raceway, NASCAR and Fox-TV, claiming it paid $1.4-million as title sponsor of a March 2001 broadcast, but its name was mentioned only a few times.

HORSES: Dakota Light and Trust N Luck won $100,000 stakes races at Calder. ... Martha's Music won the $100,000 Anne Arundel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park, paying $22.

WINTER SPORTS: Russian Alexei Yagudin won the men's event at the Hallmark Skaters' Championship in Columbus, Ohio. Michael Weiss was second and Todd Eldridge, who announced Friday he would turn pro, third. Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier won pairs. Sarah Hughes fell, finishing third to Japan's Yuka Sato. ... Americans Toby Dawson and Shannon Bahrke won men's and women's moguls at a freestyle World Cup meet in Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy. ... Parker Pennington was third at the Junior Grand Prix Finals in The Hague, Netherlands. Fellow Americans Jennifer Don and Jonathon Hunt were third in pairs.

AMERICA'S CUP: High wind postponed the challenger series semifinals a third straight day in Auckland, New Zealand.

ARENA FOOTBALL: Lineman B.J. Cohen rejected an offer to rejoin the Orlando Predators and signed with the Tampa Bay Storm, coach Tim Marcum said.

OBITUARY: Frank Warren, who played defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints for 13 years, died in Birmingham, Ala., of a heart attack. He was 43.

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