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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 13, 2000


Lewis controls Tua to retain titles

The hurricane of activity David Tua promised to bring to Saturday's heavyweight title fight fizzled somewhere between his native Samoa and the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Tua was no match for champion Lennox Lewis, who came close to pitching a shutout in retaining his titles with a unanimous 12-round decision in a desultory fight that drew frequent boos from the crowd of 12,000-plus.

Judge Dave Moretti scored it 119-109 for Lewis, judge Chuck Giampa had it 118-110 for the champion and judge Jerry Roth had Lewis on top by a 117-111 margin. Tua failed to win any of the last four rounds.

Lewis (38-1-1) retained his WBC and IBF titles. Tua is 37-2.

"He doesn't throw a right hand -- all I had to worry about was his left hook," Lewis said. "He's pretty durable, but if you only have to worry about one punch

"He just kept waiting around trying to land that left hook. He's never seen a boxer like me."

"I'll make no excuses," Tua said. "I did the best I could. I give much respect to Lennox Lewis. He is a great champion."

Tua, carrying 245 pounds on his bulky 5-foot-10 frame, demonstrated Joe Frazier-like aggressiveness early, repeatedly leaping at Lewis in an effort to land his trademark left hook.

But Lewis stayed effectively beyond his range, pulling his head back at the last instant, then peppering the shorter challenger with left jabs and an occasional right.

MORE BOXING: Former heavyweight champion Michael Spinks was arrested at his home in Greenville, Del., and charged with second-degree assault in the beating of his girlfriend, state police said. He was released on $2,500 unsecured bail for the assault charge and an additional $10,000 bail for an outstanding Family Court warrant. Police did not know what charges were pending in that court.

BASEBALL: Jose Vidro of the Expos singled home the winning run in the seventh inning and Seattle's Kazuhiro Sasaki struck out the final two batters as the major-leaguers beat Japan's all-stars 5-4 in Tokyo in the final game of their exhibition series. San Francisco's Barry Bonds, who homered four times in the series, was selected most valuable player. The major-leaguers finished 5-2-1.

TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport beat Martina Hingis 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 to win the Advanta Championships in Villanova, Pa. In the doubles final, Hingis and Anna Kournikova beat Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs 6-2, 7-5. ... Arnaud Clement won the first title of his career, upsetting Patrick Rafter 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5) in the $800,000 Lyon Grand Prix in France. Henrieta Nagyova beat former French Open champion Iva Majoli 6-4, 6-2 to win the Wismilak International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ... Marat Safin smashed his racket and injured his hand but beat Dominik Hrbaty to win the $800,000 St. Petersburg Open in Russia.

COLLEGES: South Florida beat Cincinnati 15-6, 14-16, 15-4, 9-15, 15-7 in Tampa to clinch the C-USA regular-season volleyball title. ... The Arizona men and Duke women won the Intercollegiate Match Play Team Golf Championships in Estero. Arizona beat Georgia Tech and Duke topped Georgia.

SOCCER: AS Roma moved into first place in the Italian League with a 2-1 victory against Reggina. ... Liverpool received two goals from Emile Heskey to defeat Coventry 4-1 and regain third place in the Premier League.

SWIMMING: Cristina Teuscher of the United States won the women's 400-meter freestyle at a FINA short-course World Cup meet in Rio de Janeiro. Teuscher, a bronze medalist in the 200 individual medley at the Olympics, won the 400 free in 4 minutes, 9.81 seconds in a race in which Monique Ferreira of Brazil set a South American record of 4:11.35. Brazil won 41 medals at the three-day meet to 12 for the United States.

RUNNING: Paul Tergat won consecutive World Half-Marathon Championships, beating Phaustin Sulle by one second in Veracruz, Mexico. Tergat covered the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 47 seconds -- far off his world record of 59:17. Paula Radcliffe won the women's race in 1:09:07 -- 33 seconds ahead of Susan Chepkemei. ... Married couple Igor Osmak and Olga Kovpotina won the men's and women's divisions of the Ocean State Marathon in Providence, R.I.

OLYMPICS: An international agency will consider today whether to take over drug testing of American track and field athletes, a move prompted by allegations that the U.S. federation covered up positive cases. The World Anti-Doping Agency will examine a proposal from USA Track and Field to take control of its drug-control program, a precedent that could be extended to all countries and all sports. ... A professional bobsled driver and a woman were knocked unconscious and hospitalized after their bobsled flipped at Utah Olympic Park. The ride was part of a program that lets paying customers test the track that will be used for the 2002 Winter Games. Randy Will, 37, and passenger Sylvia Mabey, 56, were injured, said Shawn Winder, Park City Fire District community relations officer. Will was in stable condition at University Hospital. Mabey was in stable condition at LDS Hospital.

HORSES: Chasin' Wimmin, ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, closed strongly to win the Cormorant division of the New York Stallion Series at Aqueduct.

HOCKEY: Finland scored three goals in the second period to rout Sweden 6-1 and win the Karjala Cup in Helsinki. Russia defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 for third place.

SKIING: Erik Schlopy and Sarah Schleper won slaloms for the second day in a row at the Super Series in Georgetown, Colo. Schlopy won a two-run time of 1 minute, 27.94 seconds, with Kilian Albrecht next in 1:28.35. In the women's race, Schleper led Americans into three of the top five spots with a time of 1:33.66.

FIGURE SKATING: Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio won the ice dance event as the Nations Cup ended at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The duo, second in the World Championships last year, easily won the free dance to sweep all three sections of the competition. Their dramatic routine to music from the movie Romeo and Juliet earned them marks from 5.7 to 5.9 and all firsts. Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas placed second, and Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz were third.

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