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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001


Tyson, Lewis may fight

Mike Tyson said Monday he's ready to fight heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis this summer, telling his manager to start negotiations as soon as possible for a fight that could be the richest ever.

The fight faces at least one huge hurdle: Lewis is under contract to HBO, Tyson to Showtime. But both are on the record as saying they want to fight this year.

"Mike would love to have this fight as his birthday gift," manager Shelly Finkel said of the former heavyweight champion, who turns 35 on June 30. "If Lennox is serious about making this fight, there's nothing avoiding it happening on our end."

Lewis' business manager, Adrian Ogun, said Sunday he was ready to begin talks.

MORE BOXING: Tiberio Mitri, a former European middleweight champion who unsuccessfully challenged Jake La Motta for the world title, died Monday in Rome when he was struck by a train. He was 74.

BC WINS BEANPOT: Boston College broke Boston University's six-year stranglehold on Boston's biggest hockey tournament, getting a goal and an assist from tournament MVP Krys Kolanos to win 5-3 in the championship game.

MORE COLLEGES: South Florida's John Gorham was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week. The junior right-hander from Armwood High defeated No. 20 Stetson and All-American Lenny DiNardo 6-1 on Saturday. ... Ashlee Callahan's 7-6, 7-5 win at No. 5 singles gave the host USF women's tennis team a 4-3 win over Central Florida. ... Florida State beat host Tulane 4-3 in women's tennis.

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES KILLED: A car carrying five Cleveland Heights (Ohio) High School athletes slammed into trees after speeding through an intersection Sunday morning, killing three hockey players, authorities said. The driver, Brendon Benner, 18, and Kyle Barden, 16, were pronounced dead at the scene. Milton Carter Jr., 18, died about eight hours later.

ESPYS: Tiger Woods won a record four awards and Jack Nicklaus received the first lifetime achievement award during ESPN's ceremony in Las Vegas. Woods won male athlete of the year, pro golfer of the year, championship performance of the year and come-from-behind performance of the year.

OLYMPICS: Utah state Sen. Ron Allen again is trying to persuade legislators to pass a nonbinding resolution protecting tenants from rent hikes or evictions during the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. "It's really a public awareness campaign for renters and landlords," he said. "In Atlanta (in 1996), many of these apartments sat vacant."

HORSES: The mutuel field was installed as a 5-1 favorite in the first round of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, indicating no individual has captured the attention of bettors two months before the race. ... Gallo Blue Chip, a pacer whose 2000 winnings of $2.4-million set a single-season record, was named the U.S. Harness Writers' Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. ... Tim Fouts, a U.S. Trotting Association regulatory department official, was killed in a car accident Saturday in Delaware, Ohio. He was 38.

PARIMUTUELS: Stan's Boy Flyer remained undefeated at Derby Lane with his fourth consecutive win.

TRACK: Merlene Ottey, 40, equaled her best time of the year in winning the 60 meters in 7.20 seconds, and she took the 100 in 11.21 at an indoor meet in Tampere, Finland.

AUTOS: Formula One champion Michael Schumacher had a street named after him in his hometown of Kerpen, Germany.

SOCCER: Three Leeds United players were accused of chasing a group of Asian students and beating two of them after a night of drinking. ... The Republic of Congo became the third nation to withdraw from World Cup qualifying, abandoning its campaign with six matches left. ... Milan Zivadinovic, Iraq's national coach, was fired. Authorities said Zivadinovic traveled to Tunisia without federation approval and had not improved the team.

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