Tyson making plans to step back in ring

Tyson making plans to step back in ring

COLLIN

From news services

Mike Tyson may be getting ready to get back in the ring for the first time in more than a year.

The manager Tyson fired just a few months ago says he is exploring a possible fight for May or June for the former heavyweight champion, who is mired in debt and in bankruptcy proceedings.

Shelly Finkel said he and Tyson, 37, have reunited and that Tyson wants to fight again. Tyson hasn’t fought since last February, when he stopped Clifford Etienne in 49 seconds.

Showtime network executive Jay Larkin said he is in talks with Finkel for a Tyson fight on June 5. Tyson has fought mainly on Showtime in recent years.

The June 5 date is the same one Oscar De La Hoya said he will fight on in his next bout. De La Hoya fights on HBO.

ETC.: Thailand’s Yodsanan Nanthachai kept his WBA super featherweight title by stopping Japan’s Ryuhei Sugita in the seventh round in Gifu, Japan.

Tennis

Top-ranked Roger Federer overpowered Romania’s Andrei Pavel, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, to give Switzerland a first-round victory in the Davis Cup in Bucharest.

Switzerland will host France in April in the quarterfinals for the second straight year.

ETC.: France eliminated Croatia in the first round when Arnaud Clement downed Ivan Ljubicic, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, in Metz, France. . . . Vladimir Voltchkov overcame an ankle injury to beat Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in the decisive singles match in Minsk, giving Belarus a spot in the quarterfinals. . . . Argentina completed a five-match sweep of Morocco in the first round in Agadir, Morocco. . . . Martin Verkerk beat Canada’s Frank Dancevic, 6-7 (5) 6-2, 7-5, 6-3, in Maastricht, Netherlands to send the Netherlands to the quarterfinals, where it will face Spain. . . . Rafael Nadal defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), 6-3, leading Spain to a 3-2 victory in Brno, Czech Republic. . . . Opening and closing with record-tying 150 mph aces, Andy Roddick beat Jurgen Melzer, 6-4, 6-2, to help the United States wrap up a 5-0 sweep of Austria in Uncasville, Conn. In April’s quarterfinals, the United States will host Sweden, which knocked off defending champion Australia, 4-1.

Winter sports

Austria’s Rainer Schoenfelder edged Bode Miller on a snowy, blustery day in Adelboden, Switzerland, to win a World Cup slalom for his first victory in a year.

Miller charged from fourth after the opening leg to finish just 0.19 seconds behind. Austria’s Benjamin Raich was third and took the lead in the overall standings.

ETC.: Anja Paerson of Sweden won her second World Cup season title in two days, capturing the slalom crown in Zwiesel, Germany, with a victory in a race in which three Americans finished in the top 10. Sarah Schleper was fourth, with Resi Stiegler eighth and Kristina Koznick 10th for the U.S. . . . Chad Hedrick broke the men’s world overall points record and led the United States to its first 1-2 finish at the World Allround Speedskating Championships in Hamar, Norway. Renate Groenewold became the first Dutchwoman in 30 years to win the title. Jennifer Rodriguez of the United States, who won the 1,500-meter race, was fourth.

College football

Miami’s top recruit will be charged with battery before his probation expires, his attorney said.

Attorney Paul Lazarus expects the State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville, Fla., to charge Willie Williams before Wednesday, when the Parade All-America linebacker’s 18-month probation on felony burglary charges ends.

The new charges would result in a probation violation, and a warrant could be issued for Williams’ arrest.

Wrestling

Rulon Gardner beat Dremiel Byers to win a Greco-Roman championship at the Dave Schultz Memorial International tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gardner defeated Byers, 2-1, in overtime in the 264 1/2 -pound weight class. Gardner and Byers are two of the four top heavyweights in the world.

Gymnastics

Sean Townsend won the vault and horizontal bar at the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas to earn a spot on the U.S. national team.

Track and field

Ken Williamson, an Olympic track and field judge, was in critical but stable condition in New York two days after Millrose Games officials reported him dead.

Ken Carrick, the fiance of Williamson’s daughter, Lori, said defibrillators were used twice to revive him. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where Williamson remained at the cardiac critical care unit, a hospital spokesman said.

ETC.: Marcus Brunson of the U.S. won the 60 meters at the Flanders Indoor meet in Ghent, Belgium, finishing in 6.59 seconds. Mayte Martinez of Spain won the women’s 800, overtaking Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia in the last few meters to win in 1:59.52.

Quotable

Melissa Caldwell, an official for the media watchdog group Parents Television Council, on the Super Bowl halftime show:

“What blew my mind was CBS’ claim they didn’t know what was going to happen. When you hire MTV, you have to know what’s going to happen. There’s no plausible deniability there.”

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