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Tyson not quite ready for Lewis

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 24, 2003

MEMPHIS -- On Mike Tyson's list of lessons learned from his 49-second domination of Clifford Etienne, a few stand out:

First, rhinos don't dance, but they do hit the canvas with a thud.

Second, one powerful right hand does not mean Tyson has any chance in a rematch with Lennox Lewis.

"I'm not going to lie to myself and lie to the public," Tyson said. "I need more fights. I'm not interested in getting beat up again."

Tyson rambled on as only he can after Saturday night's fight, touching on everything from his bad back (broken, he says) to his desire to party (it's big) to his future in the ring (more Etiennes).

Etienne -- also known as the Black Rhino -- had gone down seven times in one fight with soft-hitting Fres Oquendo two years ago. Tyson, 36, proved the last thing to go in an aging heavyweight is his punch when his right hand flattened Etienne.

Etienne tried to punch with a puncher, and as soon as Tyson landed his right, he walked away knowing it was over.

"That's what rhinos do," Tyson said. "Rhinos don't dance."

The 15,171 at the Pyramid went wild over the sixth-fastest knockout of Tyson's career. But Tyson was more realistic about what it all meant.

"People are excited to see me knock guys out because that's how I made my reputation," he said. "But I need more rounds. After a fight like this, 49 seconds, I can't go in there against Lewis, a confident fighter who's accurate. I need to go back to the gym."

Tyson claimed after the fight that doctors told him he had a broken back from a 1997 motorcycle accident. His doctor said the injury was uncomfortable but nothing serious enough to keep him from fighting.

WBC BOUT: Erik Morales beat Eddie Croft by technical knockout in the third round to retain his featherweight title in Mexico City.

COLLEGES: SEC records set at Auburn

Margaret Hoelzer (1:52.83) and Bryce Hunt (1:41.73) set league records in the 200 backstroke Saturday as host Auburn's men and women swept the Southeastern Conference swimming championships. The men scored a record 918.5 points to beat Florida (680). The women's 841.5 also topped Florida (685). Gator freshman Ryan Lochte won his third event, the 1,650-yard freestyle.

TRACK AND FIELD: The Miami women's team won five events and scored in nine others to win the Big East Indoor Championship in Syracuse, N.Y. Leading the Hurricanes were sophomore Lauryn Williams, freshman Charlette Greggs and junior Kitoya Carter.

PREPS: Jersey ceremony back on

LeBron James' jersey retirement party is back on. His final regular-season game for Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) was postponed because of bad weather. The school was unable to reschedule against Toledo Scott, so a new game will be played today against Akron Firestone. His No. 23 jersey will be retired after the game.

James will sit out as part of a two-game suspension ordered by a judge, who reinstated the 18-year-old after a state commission ruled him ineligible for accepting two free retro jerseys from a Cleveland clothing store.

TENNIS: Dent upsets Roddick

Taylor Dent overpowered defending champion Andy Roddick with his serve and volley, beating him 6-1, 6-4 in one hour to win the Kroger St. Jude championship at Memphis. Dent, the 21-year-old son of former Australian player Phil Dent, has two titles in the past eight months. The match was the 16th all-American final since 1997 on the ATP Tour.

WINTER SPORTS: U.S. snowboarder dies

Jeffrey Anderson, an American professional snowboarder, fell to his death after losing his balance while sliding down the rail of a spiral staircase in Nagano, Japan. After starting on the fifth floor, the 23-year-old lost his balance on the fourth and fell 50 feet to the first.

Competitors at the World Superpipe Championship in Park City, Utah, wore black armbands in remembrance of Anderson.

BOBSLED: Andre Lange drove Germany-1 to the four-man gold in Lake Placid, N.Y., opening a lead over Todd Hays in USA-1 with an impressive third run, beating him by .53 seconds. It was the United States' first four-man silver at the World Championships since 1961.


GREYHOUNDS: Derby Lane's Rooftop Moby and WW Unjinx Me won their first starts at Hollywood over the weekend in preparation for the first round of the $75,000 stakes Wednesday night. Puppy Preview winner Lonesome Cry is the leading contender for the Matinee Idol, which begins Wednesday afternoon at the St. Petersburg track. Sixteen compete in two races with the top four from each advancing to Saturday's $10,000 stakes final. Ben Awhile completed his second distance race Saturday, becoming eligible for the $100,000 Distance Classic, which begins March 15.

HORSES: Yell scored an upset in the $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream, winning by 6 lengths in her first stakes start. The 3-year-old, ridden by John R. Velazquez, paid $12.40, $4.40 and $2.40. ... Buddy Gil won by 2 lengths in the $114,550 Baldwin Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita. Buddy Gil, ridden by Gary Stevens, returned $55.40, $22.80 and $12.40. ... Trainer Edward R. Barker was suspended seven days and fined $1,000 after Aqueduct stewards found the banned substance Ambroxol in the post-race urine of a horse in his care.

MOTORCYCLES: Ricky Carmichael won his fifth 250cc World Supercross race of the season at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night. Brock Sellards won his first 125cc Eastern Regional AMA Supercross of the season and moved into the points lead.

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